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Belleville attorney’s license suspended for six months

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The Missouri Supreme Court has suspended the Missouri law license of a Belleville, Illinois attorney for at least six months after he failed to report his censure by the Illinois Supreme Court to Missouri’s Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel.

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Attorney general won’t bring murder charges in jailhouse death

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt will not pursue charges in the death of Tory Sanders, a Black Tennessee man who died in 2017 after being restrained while in police custody, after concluding there is insufficient evidence to do so.

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Court affirms conviction for man who threatened prosecutor

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A split Missouri appeals court has upheld a Clinton man’s conviction for threatening to kill a Henry County prosecutor, holding there was sufficient evidence to support a charge of tampering with a judicial officer.

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Delay urged for impending WebEx mandate for courts

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The Missouri Bar’s COVID-19 Response Task Force is recommending that the Supreme Court delay a plan to use WebEx as the exclusive video system for state courts as of April 1.

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Supreme Court leaves innocence claim at square one

Nearly two years after concluding that it wrongfully convicted Lamar Johnson a quarter-century ago, the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office has no clear way to do anything about it.

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Kansas City hotel lender hit with $14.8 million default judgment

A federal judge has entered a $14.8 million default judgment against a North Carolina real estate company accused of backing out on a deal to finance the construction of a Hyatt House hotel in downtown Kansas City.

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No immunity for school officials in child’s death

Eastern District

The Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern District on Feb. 23 denied official immunity for several school officials whose negligence allegedly led to the death of a 5-year-old student with special needs.

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Supreme Court dismisses Lamar Johnson case

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The Missouri Supreme Court turned away a case seeking a new trial for a man decades after his conviction. But three judges suggested alternative avenues to pursue Lamar Johnson’s claim of innocence.

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Court reinstates suit for deaths on flooded road

Missouri Court of Appeals Western District

The Missouri Court of Appeals Western District on Feb. 23 revived a wrongful death lawsuit against the state highway department for the death of a mother and child on a flooded road.

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