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When juvenile case ends, must appeal wait?

“D.E.G.” is currently sitting in the Jackson County Detention Center awaiting trial for a crime he allegedly committed as a 15-year-old. His attorney argues he never should have been removed from the juvenile court system. But under a Missouri Supreme ...

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‘You’d like to get a chance to lead’: Chief Justice George Draper heads Missouri’s high court

In 2011, the Appellate Judicial Commission asked candidate George W. Draper III why, after serving in so many judicial roles, he wanted to join the Missouri Supreme Court. “Anything you give your life to, you’d like to get a chance ...

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Bomb threat may result in new remedy for detained juveniles

Missouri Supreme Court

In Missouri, there’s no clear avenue for detained juveniles to claim ineffective assistance of counsel — but they might have one soon, thanks to a case heard by the Missouri Supreme Court on April 23.

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Insurers rarely sure of victory

Retired Judge Charles Blackmar once joked that he only read insurance policies carefully “if somebody is paying me to read them.” “I don’t read my own policy all that carefully because I know it wouldn’t do any good,” Blackmar said ...

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Supreme Court studying open records request

The Supreme Court clerk has sent a formal written response to a group seeking communications through the state’s Sunshine Law, but offered no indication of whether it will comply. James Harris, director of Better Courts for Missouri, sent a request ...

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Better Courts group files Sunshine request

A group advocating changes to Missouri’s plan for selecting judges wants to know how actively involved the Supreme Court has been in fighting that effort. James Harris, director of Better Courts for Missouri, today filed a Sunshine Law request with ...

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