- Two men accused of selling meth to undercover cop (6/22/17)
- Cape man stabbed in head, arm after strip-club incident; skull fractured, police say (6/25/17)3
- Police: Man grabbed wheel, tried to kill driver and himself in Jackson crash (6/23/17)
- Jackson scores high in survey of residents; better streets, Aldi are high priorities (6/20/17)4
- Marble Hill mayor hires city manager without board approval (6/21/17)4
- Annual SEMO District Fair event lineup announced (6/23/17)1
- Oran town board fired officer before hiring him as police chief; city officials say they can't remember reason for firing (6/25/17)2
- Two charged in theft of jewelry from Cape storage facility (6/23/17)1
- Playing with fire (6/25/17)
- Judge denies request to revoke sheriff's bond (6/25/17)3
Fed's gain is state high court's loss
To the editor:
When Judge Stephen Limbaugh Jr. of Cape Girardeau takes his place on U.S. District Court for eastern Missouri later this summer, the Missouri Supreme Court will lose an outstanding jurist. During his 16 years on the state high court, including a two-year turn as chief justice, Judge Limbaugh participated in countless rulings that will continue to influence the interpretation of the Missouri Constitution and state law for generations.
As the Southeast Missourian's former Capitol correspondent, I owe a debt of gratitude to Judge Limbaugh for graciously taking the time to walk me through complex legal issues during my early years covering the Supreme Court. His patient guidance helped me develop a rich appreciation for Missouri's constitutional and legal history and enabled me to do a better job of informing the readers of this paper.
Although the U.S. Senate's recent confirmation of Judge Limbaugh's appointment to the federal bench is good news, his departure will leave a void on Missouri's highest court.
MARC POWERS, Columbia, Mo.