Latest Supreme Court of Missouri News

Ex-St. Louis prosecutors disciplined over police cover-up

Aug. 13, 2019 7:31 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday disciplined two former St. Louis assistant prosecutors for their role in the cover-up of a police officer's assault of a handcuffed man. Judges unanimously agreed to block former assistant circuit attorneys Ambry Schuessler and Katherine...

Court upholds death sentence for man who killed 10-year-old

Jul. 17, 2019 12:23 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence for a man who kidnapped, raped and killed a 10-year-old girl in Springfield. The Springfield News-Leader reports that the court ruled Tuesday that the trial court judge's decision in Craig Wood's case was appropriate and that...

Missouri Supreme Court overturns man's stabbing convictions

Jul. 16, 2019 5:37 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Missouri Supreme Court has overturned a first-degree assault conviction against a man allegedly involved in a deadly stabbing at a bar. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that judges unanimously overturned 38-year-old Andrew Barnett's 2015 convictions of assault and armed criminal...

ACLU: timing threatens public vote on Missouri abortion law

Jul. 12, 2019 4:33 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Timing threatens to stymie efforts to let the public vote on a new Missouri law banning abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy or later after the state Supreme Court on Friday refused to intervene to force the state's top election official to act quickly. At issue is a push by the...

Draper set to be next Missouri Supreme Court chief justice

Jun. 28, 2019 1:01 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Judge George Draper is set to be the Missouri Supreme Court's next chief justice. Draper will take the reins Monday. His term is set to end in 2021. Missouri Supreme Court judges take turns serving as chief justice for two-year terms. The role is largely administrative. Draper...

Execution date set for Missouri inmate with rare condition

Jun. 25, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri death row inmate who has received last-minute reprieves twice before over concerns about a rare medical condition is now scheduled to die in October. The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday set an Oct. 1 execution date for Russell Bucklew, who was convicted in the 1996 shooting...