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Cole County

Nov 26, 2019

Inmate shot, wounded at jail in Jefferson City

Authorities are investigating after an inmate was shot and wounded at a Missouri jail. KRCG-TV reports that the Cole County inmate was treated at a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries and then returned to the jail in Jefferson City. Sheriff John Wheeler says no law enforcement officials were involved in the shooting. Officials in the jail are prohibited […]

Apr 12, 2019

Post-conviction ‘statement in lieu’ is not necessarily abandonment

The Missouri Court of Appeals Western District issued a ruling April 9 that teased out the difference between attorney abandonment and an attorney’s filing of a “statement en lieu” — that is, a document in which post-conviction counsel tells the court that he or she has found no facts or claims to add to a defendant’s pro se petition.

Oct 7, 2014

Judicial hopeful gets large donation from Republican group

A national Republican group has injected $100,000 into Missouri’s only contested circuit judge race. (Updated)

Jun 28, 2011

Award for blind Missourians reduced on appeal

An $18.8 million award to blind Missourians will be drastically reduced, following the case’s second trip to an appeals court.

Dec 27, 2009

Gentleman judge: The hard-working Cole County judge is headed to federal appointment

As it turns out, you can go home, but you can’t take your pigeons with you. Richard Callahan is the Cole County circuit judge poised to be the next U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri. Once he’s confirmed by the U.S. Senate, he’ll move to his childhood home in south St. Louis to […]

Nov 23, 2009

Court plan repeal effort challenged in court

 In the fight over Missouri’s method of selecting judges, history tends to repeat itself very quickly. Late last week, attorneys filed two legal challenges to a proposed constitutional initiative petition that would repeal the state’s Nonpartisan Court Plan. The proposal, by activist James Harris, would require the state’s appellate court and metropolitan-area circuit court judg[...]

Sep 8, 2009

Cole County med mal suit brings $1.02 million

A Cole County jury has awarded more than $1 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit. David Smith alleged that he sustained severe kidney damage after his doctor, Patrick Sporleder, of Associated Family Physicians in Jefferson City, failed to inform him of abnormal test results and also failed to have him repeat the tests or seek […]

Mar 20, 2009

Former lawmaker Muschany found not guilty of sex charges

A former state representative from St. Louis County was found not guilty on Friday of sexual assault charges in Cole County. Clay County jurors took four hours to find Scott Muschany not guilty on Friday of a felony charge of deviate sexual assault. They also found him not guilty on a separate misdemeanor count of […]

Jan 6, 2009

Judge signs off on e-mail settlement

A circuit judge signed off Monday on a settlement reached between court-appointed attorneys and those for Gov. Matt Blunt in a long-running dispute over government records. An attorney for special investigators looking into whether the governor’s office violated the state Sunshine Law had objected to the settlement agreement. But Cole County Circuit Judge Richard Callahan […]

Jan 5, 2009

Attorney objects to settlement of governor’s e-mail suit

An attorney for special investigators is officially objecting to settlement of the state lawsuit against Gov. Matt Blunt’s office over public records. What effect that objection will have remains unclear. A hearing on the settlement is set for this afternoon. Attorney General Jay Nixon appointed special investigators in late 2007 to look into allegations that […]

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