Latest Supreme Court of Missouri News

Missouri lawmaker resigns for job as state child advocate

Nov. 30, 2021 18:37 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri state lawmaker resigned to take over as director of the state's child services watchdog agency, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Tuesday. Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Paul Wilson and GOP Gov. Mike Parson named...

EXPLAINER: The Missouri law that led to Strickland decision

Nov. 23, 2021 13:37 PM EST

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — A judge's decision on Tuesday to release longtime inmate Kevin Strickland, of Kansas City, was made possible by a new Missouri law intended to free people who were imprisoned for crimes they didn't commit. Strickland, 62, was convicted in 1979 of a...

McCloskeys say they waved guns because of 'violent' mob

Nov. 19, 2021 15:38 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis couple who gained fame after waving guns at protesters near their home in 2020 are seeking to keep their law licenses by arguing their actions were justified because they were defending their property from a violent and threatening mob. Mark...

Missouri inmate adamantly denies role in 1978 triple slaying

Nov. 08, 2021 22:27 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas City man who has been jailed for more than 40 years for a triple murder adamantly and repeatedly denied having anything to do with the crime during testimony Monday in an evidentiary hearing that could lead to his freedom. “I had...

Missouri Supreme Court weighs publicly funded advocacy ban

Nov. 02, 2021 16:14 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Supreme Court judges on Tuesday heard arguments over whether a ban on publicly funded advocacy is constitutional. Missouri law prohibits any public funds from being spent to advocate for or against ballot measures, such as spending...

Missouri high court weigh part of rape victims' rights law

Nov. 02, 2021 14:31 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Supreme Court judges on Tuesday heard arguments over whether parts of a sexual assault victims rights law are unconstitutional. The Legislature in 2020 passed the law, also known as the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights....

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...