courts

State of the Judiciary Address
10:00 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Mo. Chief Justice Teitelman Praises Drug Courts In Annual State Of Judiciary Address

Mo. Supreme Court Chief Justice Richard Teitelman delivers the annual State of the Judiciary Address before the Mo. Gen. Assembly on Jan. 23rd, 2013.
Tim Bommel, Mo. House Communications

Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Richard Teitelman sang the praises of the state's drug court system during his annual State of the Judiciary Address Wednesday.


He told lawmakers that 2013 marks the 20th anniversary of the state’s drug courts, which provide treatment options for non-violent drug offenders.

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Politics
9:33 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Mo. Gov. Candidates Oppose Court Ballot Measure

(Nixon: via Missouri Governor’s website, Spence: courtesy Alpha Packaging)

Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon and Republican challenger Dave Spence both oppose a ballot measure that would give the governor greater power in picking Missouri's top judges.

A November ballot measure would change the seven-person panel that nominates judicial candidates to the governor. It would increase the number of citizens named to the panel by the governor to four instead of three, with the rest selected by an attorneys' association. It also would increase the number of judicial nominees the panel submits to the governor to four instead of three.

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Illinois Courts
2:41 pm
Sun September 23, 2012

Illinois Supreme Court to approve cameras in more courtrooms

(via Flickr/steakpinball)

Tomorrow morning the Illinois Supreme Court will enter orders to allow cameras in both the first judicial circuit in the southern part of the state and the 18th circuit, which is outside of Chicago.   

The announcement was made this afternoon by Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Kilbride, who was in St. Louis to accept the “Illinoisan of the Year” award from the Illinois News Broadcasters Association.

Kilbride is the driving force behind a pilot program aimed at increasing accessibility to the legal system and expects more courts to allow cameras in the future.

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April 3 Elections
8:10 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Bond issues for schools, court buildings in front of voters

(via Flickr/Vox Efx)

Voters in St. Louis County approved the extension of a property tax levy to fund $100 million in construction and repairs at its court complex in downtown Clayton.

That was just one of the measures up for consideration in countywide and municipal elections in the St. Louis Public Radio listening area.

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Ill. eavesdropping
1:55 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Ill. court strikes down eavesdropping rule

(via Flickr/kev_hickey_uk)

Updated at 1:55 to correct spelling of judge's name.

A second judge in Illinois has struck down a state law that requires all parties to consent before a conversation can be recorded.

The law in question makes it a felony to record without everyone's permission. Even recording public officials in public places can be illegal.

Cook County Judge Stanley Sacks ruled today that the law was unconstitutional because it could criminalize "wholly innocent conduct."

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Morning round-up
9:33 am
Mon December 19, 2011

Morning headlines: Monday, December 19, 2011

Old Mclean County (Illinois) Court House (1900 - 1976) Bloomington
Flickr/Todd Ryburn

Illinois is a "plaintiff's paradise"

The American Tort Association ranks Madison, St. Clair and McClean Counties in Ill. among the most unfair court jurisdictions in the nation. Cook County is on the watch list.

The Association is made up of businesses concerned that judges and juries in those counties are more likely to side with plaintiffs. Class action lawsuits often result in huge payouts.

Travis Akin is with the Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch and says being on the list is a harmful distinction.

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Missouri Criminal Sentencing
10:15 am
Wed August 24, 2011

Mo. sentencing project gets backing from officials

(via Flickr/neil conway)

Here's an update to a story we shared with you this morning:

Top officials from Missouri's legislative, executive and judicial branches are joining forces in an effort to revamp Missouri's criminal sentencing practices.

Missouri officials are working with the Pew Center on the States to analyze current sentencing laws, prison and probation programs and recidivism rates. Other states that have done similar studies have enacted laws directing more nonviolent offenders to enhanced probation and drug treatment programs. That generally saves prison beds for the most serious and violent offenses.

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