The Missouri Supreme Court has never squarely said how innocence claims from inmates sentenced to life in prison should be resolved. But trial judges keep inching closer to an answer. On Aug. 14, a DeKalb County circuit judge found clear ...Read More »
A federal appeals court has ruled that Kansas City Public Schools and two of its employees did not violate the constitutional rights of a second-grade student by handcuffing him in 2014. On Aug. 1, a three-judge panel of the 8th ...
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A federal judge has held federal prosecutors in contempt for violating preservation orders and failing to cooperate with a special master’s investigation of video and audio recordings of attorney-client conversations at a detention facility in Leavenworth, Kansas. U.S. District Judge ...Read More »
The Court of Appeals Western District on Aug. 6 affirmed a $146,000 verdict in favor of a trust that was owed money, despite claims from the defendant that the trust had sought two mutually exclusive theories of recovery at trial. ...
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The Missouri Supreme Court on Aug. 13 suspended indefinitely the law licenses of two former assistant circuit attorneys in St. Louis, scolding each for “repeated dishonesty.” Katherine Anne Dierdorf received a suspension of at least three years, and Ambry Nichole ...Read More »
Does the Fox Theatre’s policy of captioning only one performance per week comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act? No, according to a split ruling Aug. 7 by a panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. “Fox’s one-captioned-performance ...Read More »
A panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued on Aug. 6 a split ruling that upheld a judge’s decision to bar a man convicted of receiving child pornography from having or using cameras. In March, U.S. District ...Read More »
If Jackson County Circuit Judge Jack R. Grate had his way, he’d stay on the bench a little longer. As it stands, Grate is nearing his 70th birthday — the mandatory retirement age for judges in Missouri. He plans to ...Read More »
Attorneys from the MacArthur Justice Center and Husch Blackwell have won a federal court order mandating that Missouri overhaul its parole process for JLWOP prisoners — that is, state inmates sentenced to life without parole for crimes they committed as ...Read More »
A $40,000 dispute between two contractors is headed to the Missouri Supreme Court after the full Court of Appeals Southern District split on whether a recently revised court rule allowed it to review one of the appellant’s arguments. The procedural ...Read More »
On the same day the U.S. Department of Justice announced it planned to resume federal executions for the first time in 16 years, a federal appeals court upheld a Missouri man’s death sentence. On July 25, a three-judge panel of ...Read More »