Missouri Supreme Court

Missouri Public Defenders
6:30 am
Thu January 26, 2012

Missouri public defenders take problem of high caseloads to high court

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  • Listen to the oral arguments before the Missouri Supreme Court in this case

Missouri’s public defenders have argued for years that they have too many cases.

So in 2010 the public defender commission put a plan in place that allowed each of its districts to stop taking cases when its attorneys became too busy.

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Missouri Supreme Court
12:59 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

Mo. Supreme Court chief calls for sentencing fixes in State of Judiciary address

The Missouri Supreme Court building in Jefferson City, Mo.
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One day after Governor Jay Nixon (D) made his State of the State Address, the annual State of the Judiciary Address was delivered to Missouri lawmakers today.

Chief Justice Rick Teitelman kept his speech short, but did call for the General Assembly to pass changes to the state’s probation and parole system in order to ease Missouri’s prison population.

“I support your effort to help make sentencing practices more cost effective, helping Missouri to become, as Judge (former Chief Justice William) Price stressed so often and so eloquently, both tough and smart.”

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Missouri Redistricting
2:23 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

Mo. court upholds challenges to redistricting maps; process to start over

The Missouri Supreme Court building in Jefferson City, Mo.
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Updated 5:21 p.m. with Gov. Nixon asking for nominees for new citizens commission

The Missouri Supreme Court has struck down new state Senate districts and ordered a further legal review of new U.S. House districts.

The rulings Tuesday add fresh uncertainty for the 2012 election year, just weeks before candidates are to begin filing for office.

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Missouri redistricting
5:59 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

Redistricting lawsuits heard before Mo. Supreme Court

Mo. Supreme Court
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The legal battle over Missouri’s new congressional map resumed today. 

The State Supreme Court heard arguments over whether the so-called “Grand Compromise Map” fails to meet the State Constitution’s compactness requirement.  Attorney Gerry Greiman argued for the plaintiffs in one of two lawsuits against the map.  He says like-minded people should be joined together in the same district.

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Morning round-up
9:22 am
Mon January 9, 2012

Morning headlines: Monday, January 9, 2011

Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Mayer hopes federal health care law among first debated in Mo. Senate this year

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Morning round-up
9:33 am
Wed December 14, 2011

Morning headlines: Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The New Madrid earthquakes broke up rock like this section of rock face, which was later filled with sand. This photo, from Mississippi County, Mo., was taken in 1904.
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Mo. schools and residents to prepare for next big earthquake

It was nearly 200 years ago that the first in a series of massive earthquakes shook Missouri and much of the nation. Now, several Missouri school districts will take part in a drill to prepare for the next big one.

State officials say that nearly 100 districts and individual schools have registered for Missouri's second statewide earthquake drill at 10:15 a.m. on Feb. 7. Meanwhile, more than 146,000 residents are also registered for the drill, called the "Great Central U.S. ShakeOut."

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Missouri Supreme Court
2:11 pm
Tue December 13, 2011

Mo. high court examines public defender caseloads

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Updated 9:18 a.m. Dec. 14:

As we mentioned Tuesday morning, the Missouri Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday on whether the state's public defenders can turn away cases.

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Morning round-up
9:25 am
Tue December 13, 2011

Morning headlines: Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Missouri Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Tuesday, December 13, 2011 over whether public defender offices can turn away cases.
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Mo. Supreme Court to hear arguments in public defender case

A case that could decide how Missouri public defenders deal with case overload will be heard by the state's Supreme Court today. In July 2010 the public defender office in Christian County announced it had reached its case threshold and could take no more cases. The next month a judge assigned an indigent defendant to that office anyway and the public defender system filed suit.

St. Louis University law professor Susan McGraugh says the high court's decision could have a big impact.

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MO Statehouse/Adult business restrictions
1:59 pm
Tue November 15, 2011

Mo. Supreme Court upholds restrictions on adult businesses

The Missouri Supreme Court has upheld a 2010 law that restricts the way sexually oriented businesses operate in Missouri.
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The Supreme Court of Missouri has rejected a constitutional challenge to a 2010 law that put strict limits on the way businesses like strip clubs and adult bookstores can operate in the state.

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Sen. Claire McCaskill
12:46 pm
Tue November 15, 2011

McCaskill "glad" SCOTUS taking up health care overhaul

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) says she is "glad" the Supreme Court is taking up the health care overhaul.
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Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) says she is “glad” the Supreme Court will hear arguments over President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

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