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Federal Government To Resume Capital Punishment After 16-Year Hiatus

Jul 25, 2019

Today, the Justice Department announced that it will carry out the death penalty for the first time in nearly two decades. Attorney General William Barr directed the Bureau of Prisons to schedule the execution of five inmates after adopting an updated execution protocol. After 16 years without an execution, Barr has directed the head of […]

New Missouri Law Could Free Hundreds from Mandatory Prison Terms

Jul 10, 2019

Yesterday, Missouri Governor Mike Parson signed a new law that could make hundreds of prisoners immediately eligible for parole, probation, or early release. The new law exempts some non-violent offenses from a state law that requires people to serve at least 40, 50, or 80 percent of their prison terms, depending on the number of […]

Missouri’s New Rules for Setting Bond Take Effect

Jul 3, 2019

Missouri’s new rules on setting bond for criminal defendant’s went into effect on July 1–and some last minute tweaks by the Missouri Supreme Court might avoid some logistical problems that could have arisen. Judge’s Must First Consider Non-Monetary and Least Restrictive Conditions The most prominent aspect of the new bond regime is that, in general, […]

Springfield Criminal Defense Lawyer Adam Woody Discusses Medical Marijuana and Gun Ownership

Jun 20, 2019

As the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services continues to craft the rules and regulations regarding medicinal marijuana in Missouri, questions regarding the new Constitutional Amendment continue.  One primary concern prospective medicinal marijuana users have is whether it will impact their Second Amendment Rights.  The answer, of course, is somewhat up in the air.  […]

New Greene County Circuit Judge Needs Governor Approval

May 30, 2019

Greene County judicial district is on track to get its first new Circuit Judge since 1976. Previous fights failed. Over the past twenty years, Greene County has added three new Associate Circuit Judges because the number of Associate Circuit Judges per county is based upon population growth. On the other hand, Circuit Judges are ultimately […]

Expungement Basics

May 27, 2019

Expungement (also called “expunction“) is a court-ordered process in which the legal record of an arrest or a criminal conviction is “sealed,” or erased in the eyes of the law. When a conviction is expunged, the process may also be referred to as “setting aside a criminal conviction.” The availability of expungement, and the procedure for […]