Latest Supreme Court of Missouri News

Missouri Supreme Court asked to intervene in Politte case

Oct. 13, 2021 16:24 PM EDT

Attorneys for Michael Politte, who was convicted at age 14 of killing his mother, on Wednesday asked the Missouri Supreme Court to free him after more than 22 years behind bars, citing now-disproven evidence, a faulty investigation and a flawed trial defense. Rita Politte...

Missouri Supreme Court suspends Columbia attorney's license

Oct. 12, 2021 16:18 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday suspended the law license of Columbia attorney Dan Viets, a prominent advocate for legalizing marijuana. Viets represented a brother and sister accused in a marijuana case in 2012. He was accused of a...

Missouri high court weighs taxation-by-citation law

Oct. 06, 2021 13:37 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's Supreme Court on Wednesday once again weighed the constitutionality of a law against taxation-by-citation, one of few measures passed by state lawmakers in response to massive protests against police violence in Ferguson. Judges...

Missouri governor denies clemency to death row inmate

Oct. 04, 2021 17:13 PM EDT

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Monday declined to grant clemency to death row inmate Ernest Johnson, despite requests for mercy from the pope, two federal lawmakers and thousands of petition signers. Johnson, 61, was convicted of killing three convenience store workers...

Court: Jackson County judges can't hear Strickland arguments

Oct. 01, 2021 11:07 AM EDT

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — All judges in the 16th Judicial District based in Jackson County will be prohibited from presiding over an evidentiary hearing that could determine whether a Kansas City man would be exonerated in a triple murder committed more than 40 years ago, the Missouri Supreme...

Missouri abortion law leads to court battle over referendums

Sep. 29, 2021 15:26 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri law seeking to ban most abortions after eight weeks of pregnancy led to a legal battle Wednesday before the state's highest court over whether the people's right to overturn laws passed by the Legislature has been illegally limited by procedural...

Supporters of condemned Missouri man push for clemency

Sep. 29, 2021 13:00 PM EDT

Advocates for a Missouri man scheduled to be put to death next week are urging Gov. Mike Parson to grant clemency, citing his intellectual disability. A rally was taking place Wednesday at the Capitol rotunda in Jefferson City in support of Ernest Johnson, 61, who was...

State Supreme Court to rule on abortion initiative maneuver

Sep. 27, 2021 11:58 AM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Supreme Court is set to hear arguments on Wednesday about whether Republican Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft used an unconstitutional set of laws last year to derail an effort to put the state's new abortion restrictions on a ballot for a public vote....

Missouri court says Kroenke must release financial records

Sep. 23, 2021 12:02 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Missouri Supreme Court has refused to block an order that required Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke and other NFL officials to release their financial records if they lose a lawsuit filed after the Rams moved out of St. Louis. Lawyers for...

High court suspends law license of St. Louis municipal judge

Sep. 22, 2021 13:42 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis County municipal judge has seen her law license suspended for at least two years for mismanaging an account that held the funds of several clients. The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday suspended the license of Jennifer Fisher. The case...