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Developmentally disabled man wins $300K over police struggle

A Jackson County jury awarded a developmentally disabled man a total of $300,000 in damages on Friday in a civil case stemming from a struggle with Kansas City police that took place in 2003. The award for plaintiff Darrell Sterling ...

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Rethinking divorce

Money has always played a central role in divorce, but the economy has altered the way couples, divorce lawyers and even family court judges do business. Mark Allen, an attorney in Liberty, juggles about 60 divorce cases at a time. ...

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Phoning it in

The use of remote conferences to save time and money - and reduce clients' legal fees for routine court actions - appears to be gaining favor despite some limitations. The issue, lawyers agree, is simple: Why commute to court and wait for a brief conference that could be conducted by conference call or video conference between the attorneys and judge?

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Technology to play role in Nixon’s presiding judgeship

Peggy Stevens McGraw, former presiding judge of the 16th Circuit, knows the nature of work that will occupy Stephen Nixon, her successor. “I sign a lot of things,” McGraw said, making light of the position’s administrative emphasis. Nixon assumed McGraw’s ...

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Fighting the bug

Mary Coffey isn’t convinced that new legislation – or even lawsuits – can reverse what some have called an epidemic of hospital-acquired infections. But Coffey, an attorney who represented a St. Louis man who lost a leg, kidney, foot and ...

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