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Voters’ rights apply to CID elections

When the legislative session begins in January, lawmakers may want to fix the state law that allows property owners to set up community improvement districts.

Senior U.S. District Judge E. Richard Webber declared part of that law unconstitutional this week because it imposes fewer restrictions on a certain class of voters - those who own property in the community improvement district but don't live there. The case before Webber involved the Robinwood West Community Improvement District (subdivision pictured), which is in west St. Louis County.

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Federal court says no prosecutorial misconduct in cop case

A federal judge said no prosecutorial misconduct occurred in the case against Bobby Lee Garrett, a St. Louis police officer accused of planting evidence, stealing money and dealing drugs. U.S. District Judge E. Richard Webber, of the St. Louis-based federal ...

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Attorneys fall silent as news quote weighed

An issue that hinged on a media interview now has parties not wanting to talk about it. A federal judge is weighing whether prosecutors acted improperly by publicly questioning convictions in cases investigated by an indicted police officer. St. Louis attorney Chet Pleban, of Pleban & Associates, filed the motion to dismiss for prosecutorial misconduct after a newspaper article quoted former U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway and current St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce as saying that more than 1,000 convictions were put in doubt because of the indictment of Pleban's client, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Officer Bobby Lee Garrett.

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Worst diverse

When President Bill Clinton tapped Judge Diana Murphy for the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in 1994, she became the first woman on the seven-state appellate court. Fifteen years later, she remains the only woman on that bench. The 8th Circuit is the worst at gender diversity of all federal appellate courts in the nation. The circuit, which covers Missouri and six other states, has one woman out of 11 active judges. When counting senior judges, it’s one of 17. “Certainly I would really like to have some women colleagues," Murphy said. "It can be pretty lonely.”

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