Senator Roy Blunt

Missouri Senator releases short statement on vote to acquit former President Trump

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) released the following statement today after voting against the conviction of former President Donald Trump: “I said before this trial started that I believe the constitutional purpose for presidential impeachment is to remove a president from office, not to punish a person after they have left office. None of the […]

Conceal Carry Guns Missouri

Missouri Attorney General and 22 other states argue allowing citizens to carry is fundamental right and deters crime

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that his office, along with 22 other state Attorneys General, filed an amicus brief in New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Corlett in the United States Supreme Court. The brief, led by Missouri and Arizona, argues that permitting law-abiding citizens to carry firearms in self-defense outside the […]

Missouri Sunshine Law

Audio: Missouri Supreme Court to hear key “Gross vs. Parson” Sunshine Law case on Wednesday

The Missouri Supreme Court will hear remote oral arguments tomorrow (Wednesday) in Jefferson City in a key Sunshine law dispute between GOP Governor Mike Parson’s office and a former Democratic candidate for attorney general.     The biggest issue, in this case, is whether public governmental bodies such as the governor’s office can charge costs […]

Court News

Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court news for Tuesday, December 9, 2020

Among cases, Tuesday in the Associate Division of Grundy County Circuit Court, Galt resident Shandon Levi Gann, charged with first-degree assault on a Trenton man, appeared for a bond hearing before Special Judge Matthew Krohn from Princeton. The court received evidence and heard arguments regarding setting a bond, and afterward, Judge Krohn denied any change […]

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With no statewide mandate in Missouri, more local governments are requiring masks

(Missouri Independent) – In early July, the Columbia City Council passed an ordinance requiring everyone over 10 years old to wear a face mask when in close contact with someone from outside their household. Since that vote, a requirement for face masks has been in every health order issued for the city of 123,000 by the Columbia-Boone […]

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt

Missouri Attorney General’s office denies allegations it broke law in medical marijuana lawsuit

(Missouri Independent) – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt’s office dismissed accusations that his office and the state department of health illegally concealed records and violated the Sunshine Law during the course of a medical marijuana lawsuit, calling the charges “frivolous” and “baseless.” The accusation arose last week in a motion seeking sanctions against Schmitt’s office and […]

Garland Joseph Joey Nelson

Garland Joseph Nelson appears in court, has several motions denied, others are granted

A motion hearing was held in Johnson County Tuesday, October 20th for a Braymer man charged with two felony counts of murder—first degree in the deaths of two brothers from Wisconsin. Online court information shows the court ruled on seven motions regarding Garland Joseph Nelson after hearing arguments. Motions denied included for an order permitting […]

Presidential Election 2020

Missouri Supreme Court: There is no constitutional right to absentee or mail-in voting

The Missouri Supreme Court rejected the arguments of voting rights groups that voters who are afraid of contracting COVID-19 at the polls should not have to get a notary public to sign their mail-in ballots. The Missouri Conference of the NAACP, the League of Women Voters, and two citizens appealed that “The trial court erroneously […]

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Audio: Missouri Supreme Court hears oral arguments in November notary requirement case

The Missouri Supreme Court has heard oral arguments in an appeal that aims to remove a notary requirement for mail-in voting for the November election. In April, the Missouri NAACP, the ACLU, and three registered voters sued the state and others, arguing that the steps to vote by mail during a pandemic are unconstitutional. ACLU […]