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ACLU sues Missouri for poor funding of public defenders

ACLU sues Missouri for poor funding of public defenders

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A coalition of legal defense groups, led by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the ACLU of Missouri filed a lawsuit early Wednesday against the state of Missouri for improperly funding the state’s public defender system. Last year, the dire situation in the Missouri State Public Defender’ Office rose to

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Court plan likely up for review after latest panel picks

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Appellate Judicial Commission is raising the eyebrows of some on the right at a time when some Republicans question the effectiveness of the Missouri Court plan. Wednesday night, the commission selected private practice attorney Benjamin Lipman, Judges Lisa Hardwick and Judge W. Brent Powell as their three choices to fill

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Lipman, Hardwick, Powell selected by commission in first round of Supreme Court process

(Featured photo, from left to right: Benjamin Lipman, Lisa Hardwick, W. Brent Powell) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The seven-person Appellate Judicial Commission narrowed the list of applicants to take over the empty seat on the Missouri Supreme Court bench from 31 down to three Wednesday evening. Gov. Eric Greitens will choose between Judge Lisa White

Supreme Court’s ruling on St. Louis minimum wage increase threatens jobs

  Jefferson City, MO (February 28, 2017) – Associated Industries of Missouri (AIM), the state’s oldest general business trade association, is upset with another activist decision by the Missouri Supreme Court allowing St. Louis to increase its minimum wage above the state minimum wage. “Despite the liberal Supreme Court’s gross misinterpretation of state statute, money

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Court plan at center of determining new Supreme Court judge questioned by some, including Greitens

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – On Feb. 28 and March 1, a select group of seven people will determine three candidates from a field of 31 to move onto the final selection process to become the next judge on the Missouri Supreme Court. Chief Justice of the Missouri Supreme Court Patricia Breckenridge will chair the group,

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Court of Appeals reverses ruling, says Sunshine Law was not violated in execution drug case

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Department of Corrections does not have to reveal the names of the pharmacists who supply Missouri’s lethal injection drugs, according to a ruling issued by the Missouri Court of Appeals Tuesday. A three-judge panel of the Missouri Court of Appeals Western District reversed a 2015 decision from a lower court

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Barnes, Gaston, Goodman, and Ehlmann headline lengthy list of those applying for Missouri Supreme Court vacancy

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Bar and Gov. Eric Greitens have a long list of people who applied to become the next person nominated to the Missouri Supreme Court. The commission announced the list of 31 Missourians who applied to be considered to replace Judge Richard B. Teitelman who passed away last year. Former

Missouri Chief Justice Patricia Breckenridge delivers her final State of the Judiciary address to a joint session of the Missouri General Assembly Jan. 24, 2017.

Breckenridge focuses on hot-button issues in State of the Judiciary

Employee pay, tort reform prioritized in speech In her final State of the Judiciary speech Tuesday, Chief Justice of the Missouri Supreme Court Patricia Breckenridge took the opportunity to urge the General Assembly to increase higher state employee pay at the state of Missouri. The 3,400 employees of the Missouri court system fall under that purview,

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This Week at the Missouri Supreme Court: Jan. 17, 2017

The Missouri Supreme Court offered hand downs in two cases this week. The first case, the City of Kansas City v. The Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners, made major headlines in Kansas City. The case dealt with a ballot proposal to raise the minimum wage in the city,  a proposal which was struck down

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Missouri appoints first female Supreme Court clerk

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri has named the first woman to serve as the Missouri Supreme Court’s clerk. Betsy Ledgerwood AuBuchon took over the position, effective January 1, making her only the sixth person to hold the position in the last century. “I am grateful and very humbled about the opportunity the Court has given

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