Missouri Court of Appeals

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    June 26, 2014

    Missouri Supreme Court Takes On St. Louis City Red Light Camera Case

    After rejecting seven other red light camera cases, the Missouri Supreme Court has agreed to take the case against St. Louis and decide once and for all how the city should run its traffic camera program. The court isn't likely to eliminate the city's red light camera program, like a circuit court ... More >>

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    May 6, 2014

    Judge Grants First Same-Sex Divorce in Missouri

    Gay marriage may be banned in Missouri's constitution, but gay divorce isn't. A lesbian couple in Columbia appears to be the first to get a divorce in the state, which officially banned gay marriage in 2004.

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    April 28, 2014

    Red-Light-Camera Ban in St. Charles County May Be Up to Voters

    If a vote in the St. Charles County Council chambers goes the way it's expected to tonight, residents will get to decide for themselves whether to ban red-light cameras in the county. While only one St. Charles County city, St. Peters, uses the controversial cameras, Councilman Joe Brazil is propos ... More >>

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    April 16, 2014

    AG Chris Koster Files to Deny Release of "Mike" Anderson But Suggests Path to Parole

    Yesterday, Attorney General Chris Koster filed a response to Cornealious "Mike" Anderson's plea to be released from a Mississippi County prison. Unsurprisingly, it argues that the judge hearing this case should deny Anderson's request. Anderson is nine months into a sentence for an armed robbery th ... More >>

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    January 15, 2014

    With Or Without Names, St. Louis Archdiocese's "Matrix" of Sex Offenders Leaves Questions

    It's been a week of starts and stops for Ken Chackes, the attorney representing Jane Doe, a young woman who claims she was sexually abused in the late 1990s and early 2000s at the hands of the now de-frocked priest Father Joseph Ross. Last week the Missouri Court of Appeals upheld a ruling by St. ... More >>

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    December 18, 2013

    Court Rules Arnold's Red-Light Camera Ordinance Unconstitutional

    The Missouri Court of Appeals came down hard yesterday on Arnold's red-light camera ordinance, ruling it violates the state's constitution. Like the many similar ordinances in Missouri, Arnold's arraignment with the Arizona-based Automated Traffic Solutions, Inc. relies on photos taken of vehicles ... More >>

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    December 18, 2013

    Can This Simple Letter Get You Out of Paying a Red-Light or Speeding Camera Ticket?

    With red-light cameras under so much fire, maybe now's a good time to try and fight those tickets. Daily RFT is not giving legal advice, but recent events, such as the Eastern District of the Missouri Court of Appeals ruling against the use of red-light cameras in Arnold, is further indication that ... More >>

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    November 8, 2013

    St. Louis City Counselor: Don't Like Red Light Cameras? Don't Drive.

    The Missouri Court of Appeals struck down a red light cameras ordinance in St. Louis County this week, leading St. Louis City residents to wonder: What does this mean for us? Patricia Hageman, the city's counselor, summed it up in a tweet as impressive for its brevity as it is for its snark: Recent ... More >>

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    November 5, 2013

    Missouri Court Rules Ellisville Red Light Cameras Violate State Law

    The Missouri Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that Ellisville's red light camera ordinance violates state law. When a driver gets busted by one of Ellisville's cameras for running a red light, the vehicle's owner -- not the driver -- is fined $100, according to the city's ordinance. The court of app ... More >>

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    October 17, 2013

    Court Upholds Mizzou Sucks License Plate

    This sucks. That sucks. You suck. "Sucks" is one of those ubiquitous colloquialisms we're better off not thinking too literally about; unless, of course, it's a matter of law. The Missouri Court of Appeals' Western District decided Tuesday that a University of Kansas fan in St. Charles is legally a ... More >>

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    September 10, 2013

    Red-Light Cameras Legal, Court of Appeals Affirms, But Fight Will Continue (UPDATE)

    Update below: The Missouri Court of Appeals has once again ruled that the controversial red-light cameras are legal and that municipalities have a right to regulate traffic in this manner. The decision today -- affirming key parts of a lower court's dismissal -- is tied to a Florissant case challeng ... More >>

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    June 12, 2013

    St. Louis Red-Light Cameras Are Perfectly Legal, Appellate Court Rules

    The Missouri Court of Appeals has reversed a ruling from last year that found St. Louis' red-light-camera ordinance to be in violation of state law. In a unanimous decision handed down yesterday, all three justices for the Missouri Court of Appeals-Eastern District concluded that St. Louis Circuit ... More >>

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    June 12, 2012

    Kansas City's Red Light Cameras Survive Class-Action Lawsuit

    Last year the St. Louis-based Simon Law Firm filed six class-action lawsuits challenging the legality and constitutionality of red light cameras in Missouri. To date, the Simon lawyers are 0-3 in their quest to banish the cameras in a half-dozen municipalities. The latest defeat occurred last week w ... More >>

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    March 16, 2012

    Creve Coeur's Red-Light Cameras Win Another Legal Battle

    ​A St. Louis County judge this week upheld Creve Coeur's red-light camera system, dismissing a class-action suit challenging the legality of the cameras. Attorneys Ryan Keane and John Campbell with the Simon Law Firm filed the suit last year on behalf of four people who'd received tickets from the ... More >>

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    February 22, 2012

    St. Louis' Red-Light Camera Ordinance Officially Declared Void

    Buh-bye!​Updated at 9:45 a.m. with response from city counselor Patti Hageman. A St. Louis Circuit Court judge last week officially struck down the city's red-light camera ordinance, effective voiding any outstanding or new citations issued by the city. In a ruling February 17, Judge Mark Neill up ... More >>

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    December 27, 2011

    Appellate Judges: Adrienne Martin's Parents Deserve Shot at Busch Settlement Money

    The Missouri Court of Appeals in the Eastern District released an opinion today declaring that George "Larry" Eby and Christine Trampler -- the parents of the late Adrienne Nicole Martin, former girlfriend of St. Louis beer scion August Busch IV -- have the right to join in on the wrongful death law ... More >>

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    December 13, 2011

    Should Undocumented Sexual Predators Be Detained or Deported?

    Missouri Department of Mental HealthHe came for the American dream, but this is what Javier Calleja will likely get.​In a unanimous opinion made public this morning, a three-member panel of judges with the Missouri Court of Appeals in the Eastern District sent a pointed -- some might say ironi ... More >>

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    October 25, 2011

    Missouri Appellate Court Sides With Red-Light Cameras

    ​The Missouri Court of Appeals handed down a ruling today to a case heard earlier this month involving a St. Louis County woman who challenged the red-light camera ticket she received in Creve Coeur in August of 2009.Mary Nottebrok had lost two previous decisions in municipal court and St. Louis C ... More >>

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    October 5, 2011

    Missouri Appellate Court Hears Red-Light Camera Case

    ​Appellate judges for the Missouri Court of Appeals - Eastern District heard arguments this morning in a lawsuit challenging Creve Coeur's red-light camera ordinance.The Creve Coeur municipal court and St. Louis County Circuit Court have both ruled against plaintiff Mary Nottebrok, of St. Louis Co ... More >>

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    September 30, 2011

    Opponents of Red-Light Cameras Rally for the Cause

    Matt Hay and Ryan Keane at "Stop the Scameras."​Daily RFT stopped by the Off Broadway last night where opponents of red-light cameras were hosting their "Stop the Scameras" fundraiser. State senator Jim Lembke, the emcee of the evening who's fighting his own red-light ticket in St. Louis, was alre ... More >>

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    September 13, 2011

    St. Louis County Residents Forced to Pay For Recycling After Court Loss

    Paying for recycling services is not optional, says the Missouri Appellate Court.​A group of St. Louis County residents has lost another round in its effort to opt out of a recycling service -- and the quarterly fees that go with it.Today's appeals court decision is the latest (and possibly final) ... More >>

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    August 16, 2011

    Drury Hotel in Chesterfield Loses Five-Year-Old Tax Appeal

    Death and taxes: Drury learned this one the hard way.​When St. Louis County assessed Chesterfield's new Drury Plaza Hotel at $23.1 million in 2006, even though the hotel had not yet opened, the owners cried foul. The St. Louis-based company proffered its own appraisal of the property -- this one s ... More >>

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    July 26, 2011

    Man Who Molested Daughters to "Educate Them About Love and Sex" Loses Court Appeal

    Mo. Dept. of CorrectionsLeonard Cannafax is currently in year two of a 25-year sentence.​The following is not for the squeamish, yet it appears here to illustrates just how depraved people can be.Last week, the Missouri Court of Appeals upheld a Greene County Circuit Court's 2009 conviction of Leo ... More >>

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    June 28, 2011

    Should Sick Mother Have Been Charged With Child Neglect After E.R. Visit?

    ​Let's say you're a single mother with four kids at home. This is very common. Suppose that one day you wake up feeling sick. So sick, in fact, that, as a precaution, you decide you should go to the emergency room. It could happen to any mom, right? But you wonder about who will watch the ki ... More >>

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    June 21, 2011

    Missouri Supreme Court to Weigh Warrantless Blood Draws for DUIs

    If you're on the roadways, you may have no right to refuse a blood test, the Missouri Court of Appeals suggested in a ruling today.​Do law enforcement officers in Missouri have the right to order a blood draw if they suspect a driver is drunk -- even if they haven't gotten a judge to issue a warra ... More >>

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    May 31, 2011

    $60 Million A.G. Edwards Settlement Gets Appeals Court OK

    It's $21 million for the lawyers who steered a lawsuit against A.G. Edwards, alleging unjust enrichment.​A $60 million class-action settlement agreement between A.G. Edwards and a group of account holders who accused the company of a conflict of interest and unjust enrichment has been permitted to ... More >>

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    May 3, 2011

    MO Supreme Court Will Decide FOP Status for U. City, Chesterfield Police

    The appellate court found that police officers do have a right to collective bargaining -- but then kicked the case to the Missouri Supreme Court.​Are the cities of Chesterfield and University City required to enter into collective bargaining with the Fraternal Order of Police?That was the questio ... More >>

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    April 26, 2011

    Humane Society Not Liable for Dog Bite, Court Finds

    via www.zifflaw.comIt's not the humane society's fault if your adopted pup turns into a vicious attack dog, the Missouri Court of Appeals says.​When a St. Louis girl was bit by a dog, she and her family filed suit against the dog's owner, alleging the attack was a result of the owner's "negligence ... More >>

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    April 19, 2011

    Canadian Libel Judgment Quashed by Missouri Appeals Court

    The cover of Udis Sanchez Lord's autobiography, which got her in big trouble with her cousin -- and a Canadian court.​Kidnapping! Land fraud! Cousins fighting with cousins -- even as one cousin rises from working as a fieldhand to achieve both her Ph.D. and win (drumroll!) the title of Ms. Asia In ... More >>

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    April 12, 2011

    Lemay Fire District Loses Grab at Casino Revenue -- Again

    Moral of today's appellate court ruling: Nobody gets between St. Louis County and its casino revenue!​A south-county fire district has lost, again, in its attempt to grab a share of revenue from the River City Casino.In an opinion issued today, the Eastern District of the Missouri Court of App ... More >>

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    April 5, 2011

    Debt Collection Company Fights Off Missouri AG -- Again

    Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster​Deception? Unfair practices? The Missouri Court of Appeals' Eastern District says those may be A-OK for a Kansas City debt collection company targeted by Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster.Why? Turns out that, per the court, the statute Koster was using t ... More >>

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    March 15, 2011

    Ferguson Landlord Licensing Program Survives Realtor Challenge

    Property for rent in Ferguson? Only if you comply with their licensing program, the appeals court says.​When the city of Ferguson enacted a licensing program for anyone trying to rent out their property in 2006, the St. Louis Association of Realtors promptly sued -- arguing that the court should d ... More >>

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    February 22, 2011

    Appeals Court: "Disgusting" Gestures OK for Workplace

    Wal-Mart managers got you down? Why not tell 'em how you feel?​Good news for all you disgruntled WalMart workers out there: You can flip off your boss. You can even tell your boss that he "disgusts" you. And even after all that, your boss still doesn't have the right to fire you for misconduct!Tha ... More >>

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    January 25, 2011

    Judy Pickens: Appeals Court Affirms Munchausen by Proxy Murder Conviction

    Judy Pickens' conviction for murder stands.​In August 2009, a jury found Judy Pickens guilty of killing her four-year-old son, Mikal, by giving him a fatal dose of the drug Clonidine. The prosecution's expert testified that Pickens had a highly unusual mental disorder called Munchausen by Proxy -- ... More >>

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    January 5, 2011

    Court of Appeals Hears Argument Over World Series Ticket Scandal

    ​The Missouri Court of Appeals this morning heard arguments over a protracted lawsuit stemming from the 2006 World Series when St. Louis police officers were accused of taking tickets from scalpers and passing those tickets along to their friends and families. In April of last year St. Louis Circu ... More >>

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    December 16, 2010

    Sex at Work Is Not OK, MO Appellate Court Says (Dammit)

    This just in, via our pals over at Kansas City's Pitch: This could get you fired, per the Missouri Court of Appeals​If you have sex on the timeclock -- even consensual sex! -- your employer can fire you.Cue the chorus of boos here.This landmark ruling, originally reported by Missouri Lawyers Media ... More >>

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    December 9, 2010

    Attorneys for Archdiocese Demanded Recusal of Gay Judge, Records Show Mooney: Has sat on other appeals that ruled in favor of the archdiocese.​The note from Missouri Court of Appeals Judge Lawrence Mooney to former St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke was just three sentences long. Written on Court of Appeals stationary and dated October 2, 2007, ... More >>

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    October 26, 2010

    Concerned Citizens Win Round in Crystal City -- Internet Anonymity at Issue

    A Jefferson County Circuit Court judge erred when he threw out a lawsuit filed by gadflies in Crystal City, the Missouri Court of Appeals said in an opinion released today.Jennifer SilverbergConcerned citizens rose up to fight a smelter in Crystal City -- and won one round today.​The gadflies -- w ... More >>

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    July 20, 2010

    Court: Man Rightly Fired for Eating Watermelon at Company Picnic, Calling it "Obama Fruit"

    Mmm, yummy! Obama fruit!​Darwin Holly, a former employee of TAMKO Building Products in southern Missouri, swears he's "not a racist" over comments he made back in May 2009. That's when Holly grabbed a slice of watermelon at a company picnic and parked himself near a few other employees. "I'm going ... More >>

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    July 16, 2010

    Crappy Camera Cover-up at St. Louis Police Station Upheld by Appellate Court

    When Tracy Joseph Dennis went to trial on misdemeanor charges of assaulting a law enforcement officer in March 2009, he wanted to introduce as evidence the presence of cameras at St. Louis' Central Patrol Station.At the cop shop, the cameras don't work.​ That seems relevant enough: The Central Pat ... More >>

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    June 9, 2010

    Preservationists Lose Court Appeal Over San Luis Apartments

    The San Luis apartments as they appeared last year.​The Missouri Court of Appeals upheld a circuit court's decision yesterday that a group of preservationists had no right to sue over the demolition of the San Luis apartments on Lindell Avenue. The 1960s-era building was owned by the Archdiocese o ... More >>

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    June 24, 2009

    The Verdict on Kansas City's Smoking Ban: Put Out Your Butts, People

    Wikimedia CommonsKansas City is free to enforce its indoor smoking ban, per an order issued yesterday by the Missouri Court of Appeals-Western District. According to a story today in the Kansas City Star, "Enforcement of the Kansas City smoking ordinance plays an important part in protecting the hea ... More >>

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    October 21, 2008

    Judicial Politics -- and Poop

    A pal in the judiciary informed Unreal last week that legal eagles have been squawking about a cluster of campaign signs planted on the front lawn of a Missouri Court of Appeals judge. It seems that Missouri judges aren't supposed to broadcast their political leanings, per Canon 5 of the Supreme Cou ... More >>

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    January 9, 2007

    Broad Strokes for Lead Paint Folks

    The City of St. Louis could make case law if it can convince the Missouri Supreme Court it has a right to sue paint manufacturers over lead poisoning -- even if the city isn't sure which companies are to blame. The suit, filed against Benjamin Moore & Co., Millennium Chemicals, NL Industries, XBD I ... More >>

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    July 20, 2005

    Mysterious Departure

    Why did the ACLU's legal director hit the road?

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    May 4, 2005

    Ain't No Sunshine

    When is a public record not a public record? Ask St. Louis police.

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    January 28, 2004

    Going Postal

    Maybe its time to revisit Steve Stogels redevelopment plan for the Old Post Office downtown

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    March 12, 2003

    Angel's Wings

    Only Jay Nixon stands in the way of Angela Coffel's freedom

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    August 11, 1999
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    February 10, 1999
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