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‘Weaponized’: Chief Justice Draper excoriates influence of bias on Nonpartisan Court Plan

Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice George W. Draper III, speaking to The Missouri Bar at their annual meeting on Sept. 19, 2019, in Branson, criticized the "weaponization" of performance evaluations against minority judges. Photo by Jessica Shumaker

In his first speech before members of The Missouri Bar, Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice George W. Draper III excoriated what he called the “unprecedented weaponization” of judicial performance evaluations against minority judges. The issue is especially personal for Draper, ...

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Workers’ compensation covers woman’s fall at doctor’s office, court finds

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A woman who was treated for exposure to ant spray in the workplace, then hurt her knee at the doctor’s office while being treated, qualifies for permanent total disability, the Court of Appeals Western District ruled. In May 2009, Mid-Missouri ...

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Panel recommends probation for two family law attorneys who admitted to violating ethics rules

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A disciplinary hearing panel has recommended 18 months of probation and a stayed one-year suspension in the case of two Riverside family law attorneys who admitted to violating ethics rules in their handling of a contentious child-custody dispute. Both attorneys, ...

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Two groups sue to get state-worker data provided to union

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For years, Missouri has handed over data on state employees to a public-sector workers’ union. Now two conservative groups are suing a state agency in Cole County Circuit Court to obtain that data. On Aug. 28, the nonprofit Show-Me Institute ...

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Split 8th Circuit panel allows unreasonable-search claim

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In a three-way split, a panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Sept. 5 allowed a civil-rights action to proceed against a St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department officer accused of performing an unreasonable body-cavity search on a ...

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Missouri Legislature acts quickly to Supreme Court ruling on vehicle taxes

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State lawmakers last week had one of the quickest legislative reactions to a Missouri Supreme Court ruling on record. During a special session that began Sept. 9, lawmakers updated a state law that allows vehicle buyers to offset the price ...

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