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Ross goes to Washington

St. Louis County Circuit Presiding Judge John Ross appeared in a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday in Washington, D.C. Ross has been nominated to serve as a U.S. district judge for the Eastern District of Missouri.

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Omnibus judiciary bill ‘very, very dead’

A bill that includes a number of provisions for the legal community and the judiciary is "very, very dead," the head of the Senate Judiciary Committee said as the 2009 legislative session drew to a close. Sen. Matt Bartle (pictured), R-Lee's Summit, said "valiant efforts" were made to save the bill, but to no avail. Earlier this week, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bryan Stevenson, R-Webb City, presented legislation comprised of provisions that had previously been introduced as standalone legislation. Click here to view a slideshow from the last day.

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Drug court commissioners likely to remain in place

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Monday that he would scuttle a controversial plan to, among other things, convert drug court commissioners into associate circuit judges. Senate Judiciary Chairman Matt Bartle, R-Lee’s Summit, said that a Senate draft ...

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Bill encourages ‘truth in sentencing’

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee seemed amenable to legislation prompting convicted felons to serve 85 percent of their sentences, even as a defense lawyers’ organization and a civil liberties group expressed concerns about the bill’s impact. Sen. Kurt ...

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Holder says waterboarding is torture

Attorney General-designate Eric Holder called waterboarding a form of illegal torture and promised to restore the credibility of a Justice Department he described as "badly shaken" by "improper political interference." At Senate confirmation hearings, Holder signaled that President-elect Barack Obama will suspend military tribunals used to try suspected war criminals at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The tribunals must be "substantially revamped" to provide defendants with more due process and ensure fair treatment for suspects, he said.

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