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May 3, 2017

Appellate court OKs bank’s overdraft fee program

A bank’s overdraft fee program did not violate the state’s usury statute, according to the Missouri Court of Appeals. The Western District’s recent decision for Hawthorn Bank in a class action found that the bank provided valuable services to its customers in connection with the fee. The appellate court also agreed with the lower court […]

May 2, 2017

High court disciplines four lawyers

The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday suspended two Missouri attorneys and disbarred two out-of-state attorneys. The court suspended Cass County attorney Theodore R. Hoefle for six months and Clinton attorney Richard Tillman Nichols for two years. Eldon L. Boisseau, of Wichita, was disbarred after he was sentenced to serve 30 months in prison for tax […]

May 2, 2017

New exception found for post-conviction deadline

The Missouri Supreme Court has recognized a “new, limited exception” to the rule that post-conviction motions can’t be filed late: when the judge tells the defendant the wrong deadline.

May 2, 2017

Talk at public defender training describes harsh reality of prison

Josh Kezer, who was released from prison in 2009 after serving 16 years for a murder he didn’t commit, stood before a crowd gathered for a criminal defense training session and described the horrors he experienced while serving time.

Apr 27, 2017

Supreme Court clarifies post-conviction deadline

In a carefully parsed opinion, the Missouri Supreme Court has clarified the point at which a public defender is considered to have taken on a post-conviction case, while indicating that the rule governing such appointments might need to be revised. Under Court Rule 29.15, attorneys for convicted defendants seeking post-conviction relief have 60 days to […]

Missouri Supreme Court
Apr 26, 2017

Powell’s appointment shows little drama over court plan

If Gov. Eric Greitens continues to harbor doubts about the Nonpartisan Court Plan, his first appointment to the Missouri Supreme Court didn’t show it. On Tuesday, Greitens announced W. Brent Powell, a circuit judge in Jackson County, would fill the vacancy left by the death last November of Judge Richard B. Teitelman. Powell was the […]

Apr 25, 2017

Supreme Court upholds dismissal of puppy mill case

A Missouri Supreme Court ruling Tuesday affirmed that statements by an animal welfare group in the context of a political campaign were immune to a defamation and invasion of privacy suit filed by the mother of a congressman. In a 6-0 decision authored by Chief Justice Patricia Breckenridge, the court found the dismissal of Mary […]

Eastern District
Apr 25, 2017

Appeals court reverses drug conviction

The Eastern District Court of Appeals on Tuesday overturned the conviction of a man charged with allegedly injecting a prescribed drug at a hospital instead of taking it orally. Joshua Graham appealed his conviction and sentence for possession of a controlled substance and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. The case is based on an October […]

Apr 25, 2017

Powell named to Missouri Supreme Court

Brent Powell, currently a circuit judge in Jackson County, will be the Missouri Supreme Court’s newest judge.

Apr 25, 2017

Lawyers see golf as chance to relax, network

Whether with clients or colleagues, Missouri attorneys say golf is a good chance to take a break from the stressful legal environment to unwind and have more casual conversations. Bob Tomaso, a partner at Husch Blackwell, said he learned to play golf in law school. He later joined a club, and when he and his […]

Apr 24, 2017

Confusion over co-worker liability gets long hearing

Having upended the long-held understanding of when an employee can sue a coworker for a workplace injury just last year, the Missouri Supreme Court is now trying to determine where the rubber meets the road — or, as the case often seems to be, where the forklift meets the rock.

Apr 21, 2017

Former Jackson County corrections officers indicted

Four former corrections officers at the Jackson County Detention Center have been indicted by a federal grand jury for the assault of an inmate.

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