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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) 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) August 31, 2015 – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signed legislation on July 9 to establish a cap on how much money local governments can collect from fines and court costs for minor traffic offenses, setting the stage for the reform of the state’s municipal court system. Along with having to consider the ability of defendants to pay fines, courts will now be prohibited from sentencing people to jail for failing to pay. They will also no longer be able to suspend drivers’ licenses and levy additional charges for failure to appear in court or pay fines […]


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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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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) February 27, 2015 – After a teenage worker was killed on-site in a work accident, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued 13 serious safety violations to a Poplar Bluff construction company. The 16-year-old was struck and killed by the boom of a crane while working on a construction site for the Robertson Incorporated Bridge and Grading Division. “As OSHA pointed out, minors are not legally allowed to work on the kind of operation in question,” commented Charlie James, a Missouri wrongful death attorney. “The OSHA report makes it clear that […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) February 20, 2015 – A Missouri Court of Appeals has affirmed the decision of a lower court to award workers’ compensation benefits to Dorothy Smith, a widow who lost her husband to hepatitis C. Smith’s husband, Stephen Smith, worked in a medical laboratory for more than 30 years, beginning in 1969. There, he could have been exposed to the disease before protective equipment and procedures became common in the 1990s. “In this case, the employer tried to argue that Ms. Smith should not get benefits because she could not definitively prove that the workplace […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) January 26, 2015 – An influential Korean family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Washington University, claiming that the university’s permissive approach to campus drug culture led to their son’s death. Last year, student Yongsang Soh fell from a highrise balcony while under the influence of LSD. Some legal analysts feel that the case will be hard to prove. The victim was an adult who, according to witness statements, made his own choice to take LSD. But Missouri wrongful death attorney Charlie James of the James Law Group, who is not involved with […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) January 21, 2015 – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a letter warning Chrysler that it needs to step up its efforts to recall and repair more than one million Jeep vehicles that may have a fatal fuel tank flaw. According to the NHTSA, a design flaw in some Jeep vehicles can cause the fuel tank to explode after a low- or medium-impact rear-end collision. The NHTSA confirms that at least 51 people have died as a result of these accidents. For several years, Chrysler maintained that the fuel tank was […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) December 22, 2014 – In November, Greene County announced that no-refusal DWI checkpoints will be created throughout the county, allowing police to compel DWI suspects to give blood samples through the use of warrants. As the holidays approach, it is likely that other Missouri counties will follow suit. For New Year’s Eve 2013, St. Louis police declared the whole city a no-refusal zone, and then made the policy permanent throughout the city beginning January 1, 2014. “People really need to understand how the no-refusal policy works and what their rights are, because these tests […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) December 19, 2014 – Continental Fabricators, a St. Louis manufacturer, has been cited for more than 15 serious safety violations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). A fine of $52,000 has been proposed by the government agency. In a news release, OSHA indicated that Continental Fabricators has an injury rate higher than the national average. Prior to the investigation, workers at the plant complained of fractures and other traumatic injuries that occurred while at work. “This company has acted in a careless and reckless manner with regard to the safety of their […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) November 19, 2014 – Extendicare, one of the largest nursing home chains in the country, has agreed to pay $38 million to resolve claims of inadequate care, unnecessary treatment and fraud. The claims were brought forward by the United States Justice Department after whistleblowers alerted investigators to systematic problems within the company. Federal investigators found widespread malnutrition, infections, bed sores, fractures and other complications due to inadequate staffing practices at Extendicare facilities. “We have to remember that there are real individuals and real families across the country who feel helpless when facing the nursing […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) November 12, 2014 – Missouri criminal defense attorney Charlie James of the James Law Group is urging all those facing criminal charges — even minor ones — to fully understand the future consequences of a conviction before agreeing to a plea. “Most people do not realize that our government allows the consequences of a conviction, even a misdemeanor conviction, to last for years and decades,” said James. “What starts out as simple probation or a fine can turn into a long road of frustration because of regulations and exclusionary laws.” After conviction of a […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) October 10, 2014 – A 19-year old man has been charged with driving while intoxicated after he crashed into a school bus. He admitted to officers on the scene that he had taken methadone before driving. The driver, Columbia, Missouri resident Devin Barnes, claims that he takes methadone under a doctor’s prescription as a treatment for heroin abuse. “This arrest raises a host of legal issues,” commented Charlie James, a Missouri DWI lawyer who does not represent Barnes. “Methadone can be taken legally with a prescription, but it is still a controlled substance. In […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) October 3, 2014 – An Iowa family has told the press that they plan to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the Missouri Highway Patrol in the death of their son, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  Last May, Brandon Ellingson, 20, fell from a patrol boat and drowned while handcuffed and in the custody of a Missouri State Trooper. “Some of the testimony given at the inquest seems to indicate that negligence may have played a role in this tragedy,” commented Charlie James, a Missouri wrongful death attorney who does not represent the Ellingson […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) September 19, 2014 – The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed the dismissal of a Missouri family’s wrongful death claim on the grounds of Missouri’s “one recovery rule.” Michael Thompson had been smoking for decades when he was diagnosed with lung cancer in 1997. After his diagnosis, Thompson pursued and won a personal injury claim against several tobacco companies.  Then, in 2009, Thompson died of cancer, and his family brought a wrongful death lawsuit against a group of tobacco companies. But because Thompson had previously recovered compensation for harm caused by cigarette smoking, […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) September 11, 2014 – A jury in Greene County has found a Springfield man guilty of driving while intoxicated, considering his refusals to provide a breath sample to police among the evidence. The accused, Steven Souter, hit another vehicle with his truck at a red light and then refused police requests for field sobriety tests and breath samples. Under Missouri law, a driver’s refusal to provide a blood, breath, saliva or urine sample to the police can be presented to a jury or judge as evidence of intoxication. “The decision to take or to […]


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St. Peters, MO (Law Firm Newswire) March 14, 2014 – A Missouri conductor lost his leg when he was struck by a BNSF Railway train. Now, his resulting court award may the largest on record in Jefferson County. One never hears about the majority of workplace injuries, and most are settled quietly and equitably. But some cases depart from routine, drawing major media attention. Recently, a Jefferson County jury awarded what may be the largest personal injury verdict in county history. The case reached court on January 21, 2014, centering on a railroad worker whose right leg was amputated after […]


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St. Peters, MO (Law Firm Newswire) January 14, 2014 – Capital punishment spiked in Missouri during the last two months of 2013. Capital punishment is the ultimate price a criminal convict can pay. Use of the death penalty has been declining in the United States after rates peaked in 1999, when 98 executions took place within the year. But while the national numbers have gone down, the latest figures for Missouri are suddenly traveling in the opposite direction. In 2013, the United States matched a historic low for executions: 39. For the second time in 19 years, fewer than 40 […]


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