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Updated Dec 17, 2014 at 12:28 AM

The first female judge in the Jackson County Circuit Court will be retiring at the end of the year.Judge Edith L. Messina announced her retirement on Tuesday. It will be effective Dec. 31 after 30 years of service. She will be turning 70 toward the end of the year as well, which is the state of Missouri’s mandatory retirement age for judges.Messina was the first female appointed as circuit judge in Jackson County when assigned to Division 12 by Gov. Christopher S. "Kit"...

Updated Dec 3, 2014 at 6:22 PM

The American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri is suing the city of Grain Valley for pulling over a driver for flashing his headlights at oncoming traffic to warn that a speed trap was ahead.The federal suit was filed on behalf of Jerry L.

Updated Nov 25, 2014 at 12:50 AM

Jackson County officials on Monday broke ground on renovations and an expansion of the building in which most Eastern Jackson County court cases are held.The expansion of the Courthouse Annex, also called the Eastern Jackson County...

Posted Nov 15, 2014 at 9:34 PM

My partner, Bill Carr, and I were in trial last week on a medical malpractice case and we encountered something in the jury selection process we had never heard before. The jury selection process is called “voir dire,” which is a...

Updated Nov 5, 2014 at 6:53 PM

ST. LOUIS – A state judge overturned Missouri's constitutional ban on gay marriage Wednesday in a ruling that immediately set off a rush among some same-sex couples to apply for marriage licenses.St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison...

Posted Oct 22, 2014 at 10:19 AM

The Jackson County Courthouse Annex just off the Square in Independence is to be renovated and expanded by late 2015.The 16th Circuit presiding judge says the added space is badly needed.“We all know we are in some drastic...

Updated Oct 15, 2014 at 12:05 AM

The Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph has agreed to settle 30 sexual abuse lawsuits for nearly $10 million, the diocese announced Tuesday night.The agreement for a total of $9.95 million resolves all 30 outstanding claims –...

Updated Oct 9, 2014 at 7:46 PM

JEFFERSON CITY – Missouri's main health care and retirement plans are expanding benefits to same-sex spouses following a recent court ruling requiring the state to recognize gay marriages performed elsewhere.The decisions about...

Updated Oct 8, 2014 at 12:49 AM

The former head of a local union faces up to 20 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to wire fraud.Jesse E. Morgan, 39, of Kansas City, also must repay tens of thousands of dollars to Local 1707 of the American Federal of State,...

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