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Advocates call LGBTQ rulings a positive step

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A pair of Missouri Supreme Court rulings have opened the door for LGBTQ individuals to bring sex-discrimination claims under the Missouri Human Rights Act, but the rulings don’t settle the issue of sexual orientation and gender-identity discrimination once and for all.

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High court limits retirement panel

The case before the Supreme Court involved Timothy J. Finnegan, who asked the Commission on Retirement, Removal and Discipline for a disability retirement from his job as a family court commissioner in the St. Louis Circuit Court earlier this year, according to documents filed with the Supreme Court. The CRRD found that Finnegan is disabled and should receive benefits the Missouri Constitution guarantees to judges.

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Constitutional but moot

Supreme Court upholds bond requirement in child support case

The Missouri Supreme Court spent an 18-page opinion weighing the constitutionality of a statute that requires parents delinquent on their child support to post a bond before trying to modify a child custody decree. In the end, the high court ruled the statute is constitutional.

"The more we limit a judge's discretion to make decisions on a case by case basis, the bigger problems we create."

--Rep. Bryan Stevenson (pictured), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee

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Three apologies, no explanation for delay

  It was a case challenging the constitutionality of workers’ compensation reform laws passed at the beginning of then-Gov. Matt Blunt’s term – politically tinged and high profile. How the Missouri Supreme Court handled the case was unusual. First, the ...

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Blunt’s office led Court Plan opposition

Public criticism of the state's system for selecting judges was orchestrated from former Gov. Matt Blunt's office, a review of e-mails shows. Missouri Lawyers Weekly reviewed several hundred pages of e-mail communications to and from members of the governor's office provided under a Sunshine Law request. The e-mails reveal a coordinated effort by Blunt's office, particularly Ed Martin, his former chief of staff, to disparage the court plan and call for change.

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E-mails show Eckersley part of high court selection process

The e-mails obtained by Missouri Lawyers Weekly from former Gov. Matt Blunt’s administration do more than lay out the internal debate over the selection of state Supreme Court Judge Patricia Breckenridge. Some of the e-mails also make clear the involvement ...

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