Missouri Bar http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Work Begins On First Revamp Of State Criminal Code Since 1970s In Mo. Senate http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/work-begins-first-revamp-state-criminal-code-1970s-mo-senate <p>A Missouri Senate panel is beginning work on an effort to overhaul the state's criminal code.</p><p>The legislation is the work of a Missouri Bar panel that began meeting five years ago to give the code its first makeover since the 1970s. &nbsp;</p><p>The measure would create new classes of felonies and misdemeanors and give judges more flexibility in sentencing.</p> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 15:08:26 +0000 The Associated Press 10116 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Work Begins On First Revamp Of State Criminal Code Since 1970s In Mo. Senate Battles Over Mo.'s Non-Partisan Court Plan Not Over http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/battles-over-mos-non-partisan-court-plan-not-over <P>Supporters of Missouri’s non-partisan court plan say Tuesday’s rejection of Amendment Three sends a strong message that voters embrace the current system for selecting nominees for the <A href="http://www.courts.mo.gov/page.jsp?id=27">State Supreme Court</A>, Appeals courts and a few of the state's circuit courts.</P> <P>Had it passed, it would have given the governor more say into selecting panel members – currently the governor is limited to selecting the non-lawyer panel members, but language approved by the <A href="http://www.sos.mo.gov/">Secretary of State’s office</A> said the amendment would have allowed the governor to “appoint all lawyers” to the panels.&nbsp; <A href="http://mobar.org/">Missouri Bar </A>President Pat Starke says he doesn’t think the language was misleading, as has been contended by Amendment Three’s supporters. Fri, 09 Nov 2012 23:59:25 +0000 Marshall Griffin 6287 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Battles Over Mo.'s Non-Partisan Court Plan Not Over Mo. Bar Cancels Atty. Gen. Debate; Martin Files Ethics Complaint Against Koster http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-bar-cancels-atty-gen-debate-martin-files-ethics-complaint-against-koster <p>The <a href="http://mec.mo.gov/">Missouri Bar</a> has canceled its planned debate for the state Attorney General’s race.</p><p>The debate had been planned for Friday, October 19th, in St. Louis at the Missouri Bar’s annual meeting.&nbsp; Spokeswoman Farrah Fite says they canceled the debate because Republican nominee <a href="http://edmartinformissouri.com/">Ed Martin</a> did not RSVP by Thursday’s deadline.&nbsp; She added that incumbent Democrat <a href="http://www.chriskoster.com">Chris Koster</a> and Libertarian nominee <a href="http://www.libertarian-patriot.com/">Dave Browning</a> had accepted the invitation. Fri, 12 Oct 2012 23:17:30 +0000 Marshall Griffin 5343 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Bar Cancels Atty. Gen. Debate; Martin Files Ethics Complaint Against Koster Mo. lawyers group recommends voters oust St. Louis County judge http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-lawyers-group-recommends-voters-oust-st-louis-county-judge <p><strong>Updated 12:42 p.m.</strong> <em>with more details.</em></p><p>The Missouri Bar Association is out with its judicial retention recommendations.</p><p>The organization surveys judges, lawyers and jurors every election year to ask whether the state’s judges should be retained by voters in November.</p><p>Of the 51 judges evaluated by the Bar, just one – St. Louis County Judge Dale Hood – did not get a retention recommendation. This is the second time Judge Hood has received a&nbsp;sub-par&nbsp;rating from the group of attorneys.</p><p> Wed, 05 Sep 2012 17:25:08 +0000 Chris McDaniel 4496 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. lawyers group recommends voters oust St. Louis County judge