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Long campaign for new murder trial ends with guilty plea

A guilty plea from Reginald Clemons, who had long maintained his innocence and fought for a new trial, may have seemed to come out of left field to some, but experts say there could be a number of reasons why ...

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Jury awards ex-dancer $9.5 million for failed hip surgery

A St. Louis jury awarded a former dancer $9.5 million over a hip surgery that left him disabled and possibly unable to ever use his right hip or leg again. Benny Bell, originally from Caruthersville, worked as a professional dancer, ...

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Appellate judge shares tips with attorneys

Being concise, not misrepresenting facts and addressing problems in your case up front were among the top tips Judge Robert M. Clayton told lawyers looking to avoid getting “Scrooged” by the appellate court. The holiday-inspired talk, which focused on dos ...

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St. Louis County Courthouse spreads holiday cheer to kids

    The normally businesslike atmosphere of the St. Louis County Courthouse got a splash of holiday cheer Wednesday afternoon as judges, donning festive apparel, spent the lunch hour laughing with staff at the closing ceremony for the court’s Giving ...

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In-house attorneys encouraged to take on pro bono work

In-house attorneys face some additional hurdles when doing pro bono work, like making sure they have malpractice insurance, but that doesn’t mean they should rule out the opportunity, according to a recent panel discussion. “You have a lot to offer,” ...

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Attorney reinstatement rule gets an update

Lawyers seeking reinstatement of their license will now have a new protocol, including a standardized form to fill out. Prior to the changes, those looking to get their license back following a suspension or disbarment created their own application, usually ...

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Judge finds personal jurisdiction applies in talc case

St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison has ruled that a case alleging talc in Johnson & Johnson products caused a Virginia woman’s ovarian cancer has personal jurisdiction in St. Louis. A St. Louis jury awarded the woman, Lois Slemp, $110.5 ...

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