Category: Courts

Missouri Ethics Commission seeks to bar Curtis from producing evidence in hearing

 JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Rep. Courtney Allen Curtis is once again in the hot seat for allegedly violating several of Missouri’s campaign finance laws. The Ferguson Democrat has been facing steep penalties from the Missouri Ethics Commission after an investigation found nine counts of various violations, the price tag of which reins in at more than $100,000. But Curtis appealed the order back in July, saying that “a combination of a stolen campaign laptop with […]

Dispute over Rams’ former practice facility heads to arbitration

The Missouri Supreme Court ruled last week that a dispute over the Rams’ former practice facility in St. Louis must be decided in arbitration. Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke has indicated he will buy the 300,000-square-foot Rams Park facility in Earth City in October 2024 for $1. That transaction is allowed by the Rams’ lease with the St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority (RSA), a state entity that is funded by the […]

STL County Council to discuss McCulloch’s pension once again

During Tuesday night’s St. Louis County Council meeting council members approved Councilmember Hazel Erby’s substitute bill which would roll back the previously agreed upon county pension plan. The substitute bill would offer the same reduction in St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch benefits under the county’s retirement plan which was approved by the council in 2009. Even though the bill was approved, St. Louis County Councilmembers still have to vote on the legislation at […]

Missouri’s Supreme Court announces execution date for death row inmate

The Supreme Court of Missouri on Tuesday has issued an execution order for a man who murdered his ex-girlfriend’s lover in 1996. Russell Bucklew, who killed romantic rival, Michael Sanders, after he followed his ex-girlfriend, Stephanie Ray to her and Sanders’ trailer home in Cape Girardeau County. Bucklew shot Sanders to death in front of his young sons before kidnapping and raping Ray at gunpoint. In 2014, the United States Supreme Court halted the execution of […]

Man killed in Jennings kitchen fire

JENNINGS — A 44-year-old man died in a house fire early Tuesday morning after he apparently left food cooking on the stove and was unable to extinguish the flames. Riverview Fire Chief Keith Goldstein said so far nothing is suspicious about the blaze, but that investigators are looking into the exact cause. The fire was reported after 1:30 a.m. Tuesday at 2026 Murvale Drive, near Jennings Station Road. The name of the victim has not […]

Former St. Louis assistant circuit attorney joins Husch Blackwell

A former assistant circuit attorney for St. Louis has now joined Husch Blackwell’s Government Solutions team at their St. Louis office. Mary Pat Carl, joined the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s office in 2003 and served as chief homicide prosecutor, supervising a team of nine attorneys and handling numerous complex and high-profile cases that included sex offenses, assaults, and gun and drug offenses. Carl has been lead trial counsel in more than 80 jury trials and […]

RELEASE: Gunman charged in Brentwood MetroLink platform shooting

On Tuesday, the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office issued charges on suspect Brandon Thomas, 21, for one count of Assault in the First Degree and one count of Armed Criminal Action, following a shooting at the Brentwood MetroLink Platform Sunday. Thomas is being held on a $200,000 bond. The defendant was identified as the person who shot the victim in the leg. The defendant admitted to shooting the victim. St. Louis County Police officers […]

RELEASE: 56 Armstrong Teasdale attorneys earn high honors

Armstrong Teasdale, a law firm headquartered in Clayton, proudly announced that 56 attorneys have been selected as 2017 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers or Rising Stars Tuesday. Super Lawyers is an annual list of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selection for Super Lawyers includes peer nominations, a blue-ribbon panel review process and independent research on candidates. The Rising Stars list consists of the state’s top young […]

Missouri Supreme Court disciplines four Clayton lawyers

There will be at least one less practicing attorney in Clayton and three more on probation following two separate rulings by the Missouri Supreme Court. The Court on Tuesday suspended Clayton attorney Wayne Richard Brewster from the practice of law for professional misconduct after not giving an answer required in the court of law. Lamar E. Ottsen Jr., Robert B. Leggat Jr. and Timothy Belz, who run their own law firm in Clayton, were put […]

Missouri Supreme Court rules against public defender protest

By Michael Layer JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Supreme Court ruled Wednesday afternoon that public defenders will need to have the approval of a circuit court judge to turn down a case assigned to them. The decision follows a coordinated attempt by Leslie Hazel, the public defender for the 35th Judicial Circuit, and several others in Missouri to tell the courts that they would no longer be accepting any new criminal defendants as clients […]