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Shockley v. State  
Date: April 16, 2019
Docket Number: SC96633

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the motion court overruling Appellant's Mo. R. Crim. P. 29.15 motion for post-conviction relief alleging several claims of ineffective assistance of trial and appellate counsel,...

Cope v. Parson  
Date: April 16, 2019
Docket Number: SC97284

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the judgment of the circuit court dismissing a petition seeking a declaratory judgment that Governor Michael Parson's appointment of Mike Kehoe to the office of Lie...

Rebman v. Parson  
Date: April 16, 2019
Docket Number: SC97307

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court declaring House Bill No. 2007 (HB2007), an appropriations statute, to be unconstitutional and enjoining the State from terminating Plaintiff's employment on th...

State v. Rice  
Date: April 2, 2019
Docket Number: SC96737

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court remanded this case resulting in Defendant's convictions of first- and second-degree murder and sentence of death for the first-degree murder and life imprisonment for the second-degree murder, holding t...

State ex rel. General Credit Acceptance Co. v. Honorable David L. Vincent III  
Date: April 2, 2019
Docket Number: SC97175

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court made permanent a preliminary writ of prohibition barring the circuit court from taking any further action other than vacating its order granting class certification, holding that the circuit court abuse...

State v. Zuroweste  
Date: April 2, 2019
Docket Number: SC97229

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court convicting Defendant of possession of a controlled substance - methamphetamine - holding that while the State clearly violated the rules of discovery by failin...

State v. Ward  
Date: March 19, 2019
Docket Number: SC96696

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the judgment of the circuit court, after a bench trial, finding Defendant “not guilty” of felony sexual misconduct involving a child by indecent exposure because the statute under which he was c...

Vacca v. Missouri Department of Labor & Industrial Relations, Division of Workers' Compensation  
Date: March 19, 2019
Docket Number: SC96911

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the trial court awarding Matthew Vacca actual and punitive damages, including substantial future lost wages, on his claim that he was retaliated against for filing a complaint w...

State ex rel. McCree v. Honorable Wesley Dalton  
Date: March 19, 2019
Docket Number: SC97186

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court quashed its preliminary writ of mandamus to compel the circuit court to dismiss with prejudice Relator’s charge of driving while intoxicated, holding that Relator did not demonstrate a clear and unequiv...

Carvalho v. Director of Revenue  
Date: March 19, 2019
Docket Number: SC97394

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the suspension of Appellant’s driver’s license for driving while intoxicated, holding that Appellant’s arguments on appeal were unavailing. Specifically, the Court held (1) the filing of a rep...

State v. Richey  
Date: March 19, 2019
Docket Numbers: SC97604, SC97630

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the orders of the circuit court overruling motions to retax court costs after each movant had his jail board bill taxed as costs against him by the circuit court, holding that no statutory auth...

State ex rel. Coleman v. Honorable Horn  
Date: March 5, 2019
Docket Number: SC97198

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court made permanent its preliminary writ of prohibition preventing the circuit court from taking any action in this case other than discharging Relator from probation, holding that the circuit court lacked a...

Tharp v. St. Luke's Surgicenter-Lee's Summit, LLC  
Date: February 26, 2019
Docket Number: SC96528

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the circuit court against St. Luke’s Surgicenter-Lee’s Summit LLC on a negligent credentialing claim brought by Thomas and Paula Tharp, holding that the Tharps failed to make a...

R.M.A. v. Blue Springs R-IV School District  
Date: February 26, 2019
Docket Number: SC96683

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the judgment of the circuit court dismissing with prejudice R.M.A.’s petition alleging that Defendants, a school district and school board, unlawfully discriminated against him on the grounds of...

Lampley v. Missouri Commission on Human Rights  
Date: February 26, 2019
Docket Number: SC96828

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the circuit court granting summary judgment in favor of the Missouri Commission on Human Rights (Commission) on Appellants’ consolidated allegations of violations of the Missour...

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