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Appeals court acquits man in gun-possession case

Eastern District

The Court of Appeals Eastern District acquitted a Washington County man convicted of illegally possessing firearms, ruling that prosecutors failed to prove he controlled the weapons.

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Appeals court increases award for lot’s lost lights

Eastern District

The Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern District on Aug. 3 more than quintupled an award against a Mexico, Missouri car dealership alleged to have wrongfully removed light fixtures from the lot that it leased.

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Judge who made probation error is immune from suit 

Court of Appeals, Southern District

The Missouri Court of Appeals Southern District threw out a lawsuit against a Missouri judge who put a woman in jail based on a misinterpretation of the state’s probation laws.

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Feud between judge and clerk heads to Supreme Court

Missouri Supreme Court

The Court of Appeals Eastern District has asked the Missouri Supreme Court to sort out a legal impasse in an “acrimonious power struggle” in the Lincoln County courthouse.

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Legal cover: Schmitt takes novel approach in mask mandate challenge

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt already has won a preliminary victory backing up St. Louis County’s decision to end its mask mandate. Now courts could determine if his office has broader authority to challenge similar mandates across the state.

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Televangelist can’t sue out-of-state investigators in Missouri

Jim Bakker, Lori Beth Graham

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Aug. 12 that televangelist Jim Bakker can’t use a Missouri-based federal court to block investigations by Arkansas and California officials into alleged misrepresentations he made about a product to treat COVID-19.

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Appeals court nixes sanction for vacationing attorney

Court of Appeals, Southern District

The Court of Appeals Southern District on Aug. 3 threw out a sanctions order against a mid-Missouri public defender’s office after an attorney’s vacation to Mexico in the middle of a pandemic caused a judge to postpone a trial.

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