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Director: Lawsuit over public defender resources would be ‘last resort’

A lawsuit over the resources for indigent criminal defense would be a “last resort,” said public defender leader Michael Barrett, who said that a scathing letter to Gov. Jay Nixon did not threaten litigation, as Missouri Lawyers Media had characterized it in an Aug. 10 story.

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State appellate Judge Cohen tapped as magistrate judge

The district judges of the U.S. District Court in St. Louis selected state appeals court Judge Patricia L. Cohen for a magistrate judge position. Cohen, of the Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern District, will fill a vacancy created by U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas C. Mummert III

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Papa John’s to pay drivers at least $12.3M

Papa John’s International Inc. announced in a second-quarter earnings report that it had recorded the amount as a pre-tax expense to settle the class-action lawsuit with about 19,000 drivers.

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Courthouse closed as protests continue

The St. Louis County Courts Building closed at 3:30 p.m. Monday after St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger declared a state of emergency, but the Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. Courthouse downtown remained open for normal hours despite protests on the front steps. The county court will be open for normal hours starting Tuesday, said Paul Fox, director of judicial administration.

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Public defender director demands $10M, threatens litigation

The director of the state’s public defender system Friday sent a scathing letter to Gov. Jay Nixon demanding $10 million in a supplemental budget and threatening litigation. Director Michael Barrett on July 31 had called for an unspecified increase in ...

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Investor wins $6.9 million verdict against Fidelity National Title

A federal jury awarded nearly $7 million to a Lake of the Ozarks property investor after finding a title insurer’s handling of a claim caused the investor to lose out on potential profits. The investor, Captiva Lake Investments, also is ...

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Worker struck by steel beam wins $35 million bench judgment

Correction: A previous version of this story gave an incorrect first name for attorney Jerry Wilding. We regret the error. After mix-ups and miscommunications about insurance coverage, a laborer who allegedly suffered a brain injury when he was struck by ...

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Journalists settle lawsuits over Ferguson arrests

Two journalists who sued over their arrests during separate protests in Ferguson last year settled their lawsuits with St. Louis County, which agreed to cooperate with efforts to remove information about the arrests from their records. Bilgin Sasmaz was arrested ...

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Returned clinics offer help to county court, public defender asks for funding after DOJ report

Calls for funding and offers of help immediately followed a U.S. Department of Justice report that found that the St. Louis County Family Court fails to give constitutional due process to children and discriminates against black children in delinquency proceedings. ...

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Powerball-winner will remain court administrator for a few months

City of St. Louis Municipal Court Administrator Catherine Ruggeri-Rea will pitch in for a few more months after she and her husband won a $70 million Missouri Powerball jackpot. Tom Rea, 62, matched all five white-ball numbers, as well as ...

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