Tag: Missouri Supreme Court

Clayton lawyer’s years-long deceit brings on suspension

The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday suspended a St. Louis lawyer who lied for more than five years to a client after failing to file his lawsuit. Jonathan D. Valentino, formerly of Armstrong Teasdale in Clayton, was assigned in December 2009 to represent Michael Greenblatt in a boundary dispute with his neighbor. Valentino, an associate with the firm since 2004, agreed to file the lawsuit. But, as he later told a disciplinary panel, according to […]

RELEASE: Mary Doe v. Eric Greitens to be heard at the Supreme Court of Missouri

The Supreme Court of Missouri has scheduled one docket of cases for oral argument next week. Beginning at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 23, the Court is scheduled to hear: * SC96751, Mary Doe v. Eric Greitens, et al., an appeal from Cole County involving constitutional and statutory challenges to the state’s informed consent law. * SC96599, Charles M. Ryan v. State of Missouri, an appeal from St. Francois County involving the denial of post-conviction relief […]

Clayton-area personal injury lawyer faces disciplinary charges from Missouri Supreme Court

A Clayton-area lawyer is facing disciplinary charges for allegedly mishandling the case of a client. Clayton personal injury lawyer Jonathan Valentino face disciplinary hearings before the Missouri Supreme Court after charges against him were unveiled Wednesday. In December 2009, a man hired Armstrong Teasdale to represent him in connection with a property dispute the man was having with his neighbor. Ultimately the case was assigned to Valentino, an associate at the law firm, who told the man […]

St. Louis divorce lawyer disbarred after stealing clients’ money

The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday yanked the law license of a St. Louis divorce attorney who failed to file paperwork for several clients and instead kept their money. The court disbarred Dennis J. Molamphy for misappropriating client funds and violating rules of professional conduct. Molamphy had been a lawyer in Missouri and Kansas since 1978 with offices in both St. Louis and most recently Wichita, Kan. over that time. He also was disbarred by the […]

Missouri Supreme Court to consider appeal in multimillion-dollar Clayton Oil Company case

The Missouri Supreme Court on Wednesday, Dec. 6 will consider wether or not to grant a Clayton-based oil company an appeal over a multi-million dollar judgement awarded in June 2015. According to court documents, a St. Louis County jury decided against Apex Oil Inc. owner Tony Novelly in a case involving profit distributions at a Clayton high-rise at 8182 Maryland Ave. The jury awarded Novelly’s business partners a total of $5.6 million, half of which was […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

This Week in Missouri Supreme Court: Week of October 17, 2017

By Michael Layer JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Supreme Court offered just one hand down for the week of October 17, 2017. In the State of Missouri v. Larry Clay, Clay appealed a decision that found him guilty of second-degree murder and armed criminal action, which sentenced him to 25 years in prison. After an argument between Clay and three other men at his house, the altercation escalated into a physical conflict. During the […]