Missouri Supreme Court

Stormwater fee
3:53 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

State Supreme Court To Hear St. Louis Stormwater Case

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The Missouri Supreme Court will decide whether the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District can charge for stormwater service based on how much water a property absorbs.  

The decision extends a nearly four-year-old legal battle over the agency’s so-called "impervious fee." Two lower courts have ruled that it was not a fee at all, but a tax – and therefore had to be approved by voters under the Hancock Amednment.

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Missouri Supreme Court
5:17 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Commission Announces Nominees For Missouri Supreme Court

The Missouri Supreme Court building in Jefferson City, Mo.
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The Appellate Judicial Commission has announced the nominees to fill a vacancy on the Missouri Supreme Court. The nominees are Mike Manners, Stan Wallach and Paul Wilson.

According to a press release, Manners is a circuit judge in the 16th Judicial Circuit in Jackson County. He earned his law degree in 1976 from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. He lives in Lee's Summit.

Wallach is a St. Louis attorney at the Wallach Law Firm. He earned his law degree in 1992 from the University of Chicago Law School. He lives in Kirkwood, Mo.

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Smoking Ban
7:37 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Mo. High Court Will Not Hear Smoking Ban Challenge

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The Missouri Supreme Court will not hear a legal challenge to Springfield's smoking ban, officially ending a lawsuit filed by a bar owner.
 
Attorney Jonathan Sternberg says the state Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear a legal challenge by Jean Doublin, owner of Ruthie's Bar in Springfield.
 
In June, an appeals court rejected Sternberg's argument that the Springfield law conflicts with the state's clean air act. He says a provision in the state law allows smoking in bars and taverns, which overrides the Springfield law.
 

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MOSIRA
4:44 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

MOSIRA law argued before Missouri Supreme Court

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A life sciences jobs bill signed into law last year but blocked this year was heard today by the Missouri Supreme Court.


The Missouri Science and Innovation Reinvestment Act, or MOSIRA, would use a funding mechanism to draw more high-tech jobs to Missouri.  Known then as Senate Bill 7, it included language tying its passage to that of a tax credit bill (Senate Bill 8), which did not pass during the 2011 special legislative sessionGovernor Jay Nixon (D) signed the MOSIRA bill, anyway, but Cole County Circuit Judge Daniel Green (R) ruled it unconstitutional in February because of the language tying it to the dead bill.  Solicitor General Jim Layton argued for the state before the High Court, saying that the MOSIRA bill can be legally severed from the other bill.

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Missouri Supreme Court
7:59 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Judge William Ray Price, Jr. on issues facing Mo. courts as he steps away

Former Mo. Chief Justice William Ray Price, Jr., delivers his State of the Judiciary Address to the Mo. General Assembly in 2011. Price left the court earlier this month to return to private practice.
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Judge William Ray Price, Jr. served on the Missouri Supreme Court for 20 years including two terms as chief justice.

Price left the high court earlier this month to return to private practice.

During his time on the Supreme Court, Price was a staunch supporter of Missouri’s drug courts and argued the state puts too many non-violent offenders in prison.

St. Louis Public Radio’s Maria Altman spoke with the judge about why it’s important to seek alternatives to prison and other issues facing Missouri courts.

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Death penalty
2:13 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Mo. Supreme Court will wait to set execution dates for six inmates

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Updated 6:03 p.m. with reaction 

The Missouri Supreme Court will not set execution dates for six death row inmates until a court case over the state's new execution protocol is resolved.

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Missouri Supreme Court
6:55 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Roundup: Mo. Supreme Court rules on smorgasbord of issues

Thirteen people have applied to fill a vacancy on the Missouri Supreme Court.
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Well, the Missouri Supreme Court has certainly done its part for the news cycle today with an array of decisions.

Here's a quick taste of what happened, and links to our separate stories so you can dig in to find out more about each.

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public defender caseload
6:07 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Missouri Supreme Court rules on public defender case

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The Missouri Supreme Court has ruled that a judge should not have appointed a public defender to a client after the public defenders alerted the courts they had too many cases.

The court handed down the 4-3 decision Tuesday.

The case goes back to July 2010 when a Christian County judge appointed a public defender despite their "limited availability" status.

Christian County prosecutor Amy Fite says it’s hard on victims and defendants when cases are held up.

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Malpractice reform
2:26 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Mo. Supreme Court throws out caps on medical malpractice

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Updated 4:33 p.m. with reporting by KCUR's Elana Gordon.

Missouri’s Supreme Court has effectively overturned state caps on non-economic damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice cases.  The court ruled today in favor of Deborah Watts, who filed suit against Cox Medical Centers in Springfield for injuries her son suffered at birth in 2006.

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Mo. ballot initiatives/fiscal notes
2:07 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

State Supreme Court upholds fiscal notes for ballot initiatives

Mo. Supreme Court
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The Missouri Supreme Court has rejected a challenge to the authority of the state auditor to write financial summaries for ballot initiatives.

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