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Innocence claim not enough in non-death penalty case

Western District

An appeals court on Tuesday said it could not review a man’s claim that he is innocent of a 1982 murder because Missouri law doesn’t recognize a “freestanding claim of actual innocence” unless the death penalty is involved.

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Ferguson emerges as factor in Missouri governor’s race

Two years later, the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson remains so politically sensitive that it has been injected into Missouri’s gubernatorial campaign. At issue is whether Democratic Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, who is now running for ...

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‘Functional equivalent’ of life without parole weighed

Less than six weeks after Missouri lawmakers put the state in compliance with a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling on juvenile murders, the Missouri Supreme Court is weighing what the high court might rule in the future.

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Monsanto sets aside $280 million for PCB settlement

Monsanto has set aside $280 million to potentially settle PCB litigation, according to a Wednesday press release from the company reporting its 2016 fiscal year results.

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Columbia police recording prompts appointment of special master

A special master will be appointed to hear an allegation that a conversation between Moniteau County Prosecuting Attorney Shayne Healea and his lawyer following his 2014 arrest was recorded by police and submitted to the Attorney General’s Office. Healea was ...

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Grace Day film sparks discussion of women in law

Grace Day may have passed away this summer, but she was still making people laugh Tuesday night as a room full of mostly female attorneys and law students chuckled at her quick quips caught on film. Day, who practiced law ...

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Bar on med mal interest passes muster

The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a statute barring post-judgment interest on medical malpractice awards. The bar on such interest was passed as part of the 2005 overhaul of Missouri’s tort laws. In a unanimous ruling, the court turned ...

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$135,000 is top pay for associates in Missouri

Bryan Cave, Polsinelli and Lewis Rice are paying the highest starting associate salaries in the state – $135,000 – according to the National Association for Law Placement. St. Louis-based Lewis Rice, No. 9 on Missouri Lawyers Weekly’s MOney 20 list, ...

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Lawyer who took unauthorized payments disbarred

A St. Louis attorney who was ordered to pay almost $70,000 for unauthorized payments he made to himself from a client’s trust account has lost his law license.

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