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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) January 28, 2016 – The Missouri State Highway Patrol held a press conference on November 24 to address the increased number of traffic crash fatalities in Missouri. They also discussed what motorists can do to enhance their safety on the roads. Nearly 800 people have died on the state’s roadways as of the beginning of December 2015, marking an increase of 80 deaths in comparison to the same period in 2014. The 11-percent rise goes against the overall decline in crash deaths over the past decade. The Missouri State Highway Patrol also reported investigating […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) January 22, 2016 – A proposed Missouri bill could decrease the amount of time a person convicted of a crime would have to wait before their record becomes eligible for expungement. Expungement refers to the process of wiping a criminal conviction from an individual’s record. Missouri Senator Bob Dixon, R-Springfield, made the announcement during a press conference on December 15. The bill has been filed for the 2016 session with an aim to allow people to have certain nonviolent criminal convictions cleared from their records. “Reducing expungement wait times will allow people opportunities for […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) December 14, 2015 – The state Supreme Court heard a case on Oct. 28 that raised questions of what constitutes criminal intent. The case involved Blaec Lammers, a southwest Missouri man accused of plotting shootings at a movie theater and Walmart. His defense attorney argued Lammers, 23, only thought about carrying out the shootings and did not actually fire any shots nor have the intent to harm others. However, the state attorney general’s office said he took substantial steps that showed he intended to follow through with the attacks. Lammers purchased two rifles and […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) November 24, 2015 – A crash involving four trucks took place near Clementine, Missouri, on Sept. 9. The accident occurred on Interstate 44, shutting down traffic in both directions. It was caused by a flatbed truck rear-ending a slow-moving box truck. The first truck swerved over the median and struck another trailer head-on. Both vehicles eventually caught on fire. A fourth truck that was trying to pass also overturned, blocking the eastbound lanes. All four semis were destroyed in the crash. Two drivers and one passenger were airlifted to Columbia for medical treatment after […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) November 17, 2015 – The FBI will begin collecting and making public more information about police shootings involving civilians, according to FBI Director James Comey. The agency released its annual data on crime in the United States on Sept. 28. Once the FBI gathers the data, it will release a special report on police use of force in the line of duty, which has been the subject of public debate. According to Comey, the publication will “outline facts about what happened, who was involved, the nature of injuries or deaths, and the circumstances behind […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) October 23, 2015 – Michael Barrett, the director of the Missouri State Public Defender System, has written a letter to Missouri Governor Jay Nixon calling for a 25 percent increase in the state budget to adequately provide representation to poor clients. In his letter dated Aug. 7, Barrett asked for an additional $10 million for the 2015 fiscal budget. The office currently has a budget of $38.4 million. He threatened to file a lawsuit if his request was denied, claiming Nixon’s office has worsened the treatment of the poor in the criminal justice system. […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) October 16, 2015 – A woman has sued Lambert’s Cafe, a Missouri-based restaurant chain known as the “Home of Throwed Rolls,” after she claimed she was injured by a tossed dinner roll. Troy Tucker of St. Louis, Missouri, said she was hit by a roll while dining at the restaurant in September 2014, damaging her eye. The lawsuit filed on Aug. 11 states that Lambert’s Cafe should have known about the hazards involved in their signature practice of servers throwing dinner rolls across the dining area to customers. “If the restaurant is clearly advertised […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) October 9, 2015 – Measure seeks to address high court rulings that Missouri’s state law was unconstitutional. The Missouri Senate on April 15 approved a bill that would establish more lenient sentencing standards for minors convicted of first-degree murder than the current requirement of life in prison. The measure seeks to reform the sentencing requirements in the wake of a state Supreme Court ruling that found them unconstitutional as well as a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 2012 that found mandatory life sentences for minors to be unconstitutional. Under Senate Bill 200, which is […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) October 2, 2015 – O’Fallon in Metro St. Louis wants to make high-speed Highway K a more mixed-use thoroughfare. The city of O’Fallon, Missouri, began having a dialogue with citizens of the community in an open house on April 15 over how to make Highway K, one of St. Charles County’s busiest commercial streets, into a thoroughfare that is more hospitable to bicyclists and pedestrians. If some of the ideas the city is considering are approved, O’Fallon would join other municipalities across the nation that have embraced mixed-use traffic arteries. For many residents of […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) July 27, 2015 – People who operate a motor vehicle, ride a bicycle or cross a street on foot generally know that entering the midst of roadway traffic involves a certain amount of risk. By contrast, individuals who are in off-roadway areas generally do not expect that they will be involved in a traffic accident. But one Missouri woman who was tending to her garden was involved in a traffic accident on May 15 when a nearby motorist struck her and then fled the scene. The 74-year-old victim was planting flowers at the corner […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) July 10, 2015 – Attorney general’s findings show greater disparity in 2014 than 2013 and largest in 15 years. On June 1, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster’s office released its annual report, and its most prominent finding was the fact that in 2014 black motorists were 75 percent more likely than whites to be stopped by police. That figure is not only an increase from the previous year but also the highest since the state began recording such data in 2000, when the statistical disparity came in at 31 percent. Koster’s office cautioned that […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) June 15, 2015 – Case pits law enforcement against wife of sheriff’s lieutenant who is also daughter of ex-cop. On May 9, St. Louis police fired multiple shots at a woman while she was at a family home, an encounter that has resulted in felony charges against her as well as her hospitalization with serious injuries. And within days of the shooting, the family has not only responded with outrage but also disputed the police account of the incident. The woman, Jennifer Morgan-Tyra, 38, is being treated at St. Louis University Hospital after police […]


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