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Missouri Supreme Court Suspends Lawyer Who Used a Slur

Nov 28, 2016
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  The Missouri Supreme Court has suspended a southwest Missouri lawyer who referred to a federal judge using a racial slur.

The Springfield News-Leader reports a disciplinary order announced Tuesday shows Jason Henry has been suspended indefinitely from practicing law for his comments about Senior U.S. District Judge Fernando Gaitan Jr., who presides in the Western District of Missouri.

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  Missouri Supreme Court judges are weighing arguments over the constitutionality of a law passed in the wake of the unrest in Ferguson that would cap the amount of revenue cities can keep from traffic fines and court fees.

A lawyer for several St. Louis suburbs told judges in the capital courthouse Wednesday that the law unfairly targets those cities.

The law limits most cities to 20 percent of their budgets. St. Louis County municipalities face a 12.5 percent cap.

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The Missouri Supreme Court says several municipal courts in St. Louis County are consolidating.

Chief Justice Patricia Breckenridge said in a statement Tuesday the move is designed to reduce costs and lessen the incentive to use municipal courts as revenue generators.

Municipal operations from Charlack, Northwoods and Vinita Park are consolidated into the St. Ann municipal division. And municipal courts from Bellerive Acres, Cool Valley, Glen Echo Park, Greendale, Pasadena Park and Uplands Park are expected to be consolidated into Normandy municipal court.

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The Missouri Supreme Court says voters will get to decide whether to raise cigarette taxes to benefit early childhood programs.

Judges ruled Tuesday that the proposal will stay on the Nov. 8 ballot.

The measure would phase in a 60-cent-per-pack increase of the state's lowest-in-the-nation tobacco taxes. It also would raise fees by 67 cents a pack for off-brand cigarettes, in addition to the tax hike.

Cigarette giant Reynolds American Inc. is backing the proposal.

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A Missouri initiative to re-instate campaign contribution limits has cleared its final legal hurdle to appear on the November ballot.

The state Supreme Court on Monday turned down a request to hear a challenge of the proposed constitutional amendment.

The proposal known as Constitutional Amendment 2 would limit contributions to candidates to $2,600 per election and cap donations to political parties at $25,000.

Missouri's previous campaign contribution limits were repealed in 2008. Since then, some donors have routinely given five- and six-figure checks.

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  Missouri lawmakers have overridden Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of a measure to require voters to present photo identification at the polls.

The Republican-led Legislature overturned the Democratic governor's veto Wednesday after GOP senators forced an end to debate.

Lawmakers' action is the first step to enact the policy in the state. Voters on Nov. 8 also must vote to amend the Missouri Constitution to allow for a photo identification law in order for the policy to be enacted.

That's needed because the Missouri Supreme Court has previously found voter photo ID laws to be unconstitutional.

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The Missouri attorney general's office is reviewing a recent state Supreme Court ruling that may impact the criminal charge of felony stealing.

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A Missouri Supreme Court ruling last month opens the door to possible parole for a Jasper County man and 80 other inmates who were convicted as juveniles of first-degree murder.

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JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Supreme Court is considering a claim that state senators violated the Sunshine Law by barring some people from taking videos at committee meetings.

The court heard arguments Wednesday in a case brought by Progress Missouri. The liberal group was denied permission to record videos in four Senate committee hearings last February and March.

Its lawsuit claims the Senate violated the open-meeting requirements of the state Sunshine Law.

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The Missouri Supreme Court says a recent amendment to the state constitution doesn't mean some felons now can carry guns.

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Some Missouri retired judges say they were underpaid based on a 2010 policy change that tied state judges' salaries to their federal counterparts' pay.

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A lawyer for a Missouri mother says a pawn shop was wrong to sell her mentally ill daughter a gun that was used in a fatal shooting.

Attorney Jonathan Lowy of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence told Supreme Court judges Wednesday that Odessa Gun & Pawn was negligent.

Pawn shop lawyer Derek MacKay says state and federal laws protect firearms dealers from such claims. Lowy also challenged the constitutionality of a federal gun commerce law.

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A Missouri appeals court has ruled that a man who claims he was fired because he's gay can't sue for discrimination.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports Tuesday's 2-1 decision by the Western District Missouri Court of Appeals says the state law barring discrimination based on sex only covers gender-based actions.

Chief Judge James Welch said the court's decision was bound by the legislature's choice to not include sexual orientation in the Missouri Human Rights Act's protections.

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St. Louis is giving back $5.6 million to drivers who paid red-light camera tickets since early last year.

The city announced the give-back program on Wednesday. It applies to red-light camera tickets paid between Feb. 11, 2014, and Aug. 19 of this year. More than 56,000 people paid $100 fines for those violations.

The decision follows a Missouri Supreme Court ruling on Aug. 19 that struck down the city's red-light camera ordinance.

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The Missouri Supreme Court has scheduled a November execution for an inmate convicted of killing three workers at a Columbia convenience store more than two decades ago.

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The Missouri Supreme Court has denied the latest legal challenges from a man scheduled to be executed tomorrow for raping and killing a 15-year-old Kansas City girl in 1989. 

The judges ruled Friday to overrule a motion that sought a stay of execution for Roderick Nunley. The court also rejected his request for a writ of habeas corpus, which allows prisoners to challenge their convictions on constitutional grounds.

Relatives are outraged after the Missouri Supreme Court decided wrongful death litigation can't go forward against a northwest Missouri hospital. 

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The Missouri Supreme Court has ruled that a state constitutional amendment on gun rights does not allow convicted felons to possess firearms.

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The Missouri Supreme Court has ruled against traffic camera ordinances adopted in several cities.

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  A September execution date has been set for a man convicted of raping and killing a 15-year-old Kansas City girl in 1989.

Mary Russell says she's mostly satisfied with her two-year term as chief justice of the Missouri Supreme Court, which ends next week on June 30.

She took over as chief in July 2013 after fellow Supreme Court Judge Richard Teitelman wrapped up his two-year term.

Russell's tenure coincided with the resumption of executions in Missouri, which have been on a record pace as 16 convicted killers have been put to death since November 2013.  Russell says the increase is due to several factors.

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The state Supreme Court has overturned the murder and arson convictions of a southern Missouri man who was charged in the death of his grandmother-in-law.

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  The Missouri Supreme Court has set an execution date of July 14 for David Zink, convicted of abducted and killing a southwest Missouri woman in 2001.

Missouri Supreme Court Seeks Improvements

May 1, 2015
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Changes could be made in Missouri courts due to a new study from the Missouri Supreme Court.

The goal of the study is to improve the practices and procedures of municipal courts throughout Missouri. The state Supreme Court is taking suggestions from the public and attorneys, which will be reviewed to determine what the appropriate next step will be.

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Part of a Missouri law limiting the money cities can get from traffic fines is being challenged because it removes the jurisdiction of municipal courts when cities violate the law.

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Critics of the so-called 'right to farm' amendment to Missouri’s state Constitution brought their case to the state Supreme Court Wednesday. 

The amendment is meant to protect Missouri farmers from new laws that would change current farm practices they currently use.

The Missouri Supreme Court will hear arguments next week on whether voters knew enough about a constitutional amendment expanding gun rights before it was approved in 2014. 

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  The Supreme Court says lower courts should look again at an appeal from a Missouri man on death row for killing a woman and her two children 16 years ago.

The justices ruled Tuesday that Mark Christeson deserves the chance to argue that his court-appointed attorneys were ineffective because they missed a 2005 deadline to appeal his conviction in federal court by almost four months.

It is uncommon for someone to be executed without a federal appeals court hearing.

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