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Court reverses litigation expenses against Harris-Stowe

Eastern District

A Missouri appeals court has reversed an award of litigation expenses in a Missouri Human Rights Act suit against Harris-Stowe State University after ruling they can’t be taxed as costs and awarded separately under the MHRA.

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High court suspends drag-racing attorney, disbars another

Missouri Supreme Court building

The Missouri Supreme Court has suspended for at least three years the license of a Clayton attorney who was convicted in 2018 of involuntary manslaughter for the death of a woman while he was drag-racing with another driver.

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St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner faces disciplinary case

Kim Gardner

The Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel has found probable cause that St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner violated attorney ethics rules by concealing discoverable and exculpatory evidence during her investigation of former Gov. Eric Greitens in 2018.

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Supreme Court to consider ‘confrontation’ via video

Missouri Supreme Court building

Under the U.S. and Missouri constitutions, criminal defendants are entitled to confront their accusers. But what happens when their accuser appears in court remotely using videoconferencing software?

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Jackson County approves temporary cooling measures

Jackson County Courthouse

Jackson County officials have approved nearly $1.6 million in funding to provide temporary cooling throughout much of the downtown Kansas City courthouse while crews repair the building’s chilled-water lines.

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Lawyers push for family-court reform on medical cannabis

Nearly three years after Missouri voters approved a constitutional amendment establishing a medical marijuana program in the state, individuals who participate in the program still face discrimination in the state’s family courts, according to family law attorneys.

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