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Group reworks judge selection

After being taken by surprise by the announcement of changes to the Missouri judicial appointment process last week, the 21st Judicial Circuit Commission is reworking the logistics in the nomination of a new circuit judge.

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Layoffs strike at Husch Blackwell

Although they’ve slowed down from last year, layoffs for some attorneys aren’t a thing of the past.

Attorneys were recently asked to leave Husch Blackwell, according to a partner at the firm and another source familiar with the firm, but it was unclear how many. The second source said 20 attorneys were asked to leave. The sources spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter.

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Getting away from detention

Mary Marquez listens Tuesday during a discussion of alternatives to incarceration for young offenders at the Westin Crown Center in Kansas City. Marquez, juvenile officer and director of legal services at Jackson County Family Court, was a member of a panel of juvenile court leaders at the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative Inter-Site Conference.

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Woman sues Kennett police

Heather Ellis leaves the Dunklin County Courthouse in November. Ellis, now known as Heather Jefferson, pleaded guilty to misdemeanors after a scuffle at a Walmart in Kennett. She now is suing police.

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