- Man shot by police ID'd; witness shares his side of story (2/17/17)31
- Settlement reached in accidental shooting case at Kelly High (2/15/17)10
- MSHP: McLendon shot in side; autopsy refutes witness account (2/19/17)23
- Jackson board votes to demolish high school building if bond issue passes (2/15/17)24
- Cape officer shoots man inside a home (2/16/17)7
- Business notebook: Owners ready to roll out the Barrel 131 (2/20/17)4
- Apparent punch at girls basketball game propels lawmaker into action (2/21/17)4
- Former Cape cop indicted on possessing child porn (2/17/17)
- Man dies after being shot by officer; said to have come at cop with knife (2/16/17)29
- Ray's of Kelso to close, then reopen under new ownership (2/16/17)6
Suit against two Cole circuit judges ill-advised
A judge ruled Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon can't force two Cole County judges to turn over to the state $2.75 million that remains unclaimed from state cases involving utility bill overpayments and an insolvent insurance company.
The ruling by Osage County Circuit Judge Gael D. Wood in favor of circuit judges Byron Kinder and Thomas Brown III apparently puts an end to Nixon's ill-advised quest.
Kinder and Brown used some of the interest from the money to remodel courtrooms. State Auditor Clair McCaskill recommended that the judges turn over the unclaimed money to the state, and Nixon claimed the money should go to the state's Unclaimed Properties Division.
Considering the reputations of Kinder and Brown, Nixon should have known he couldn't use them as scapegoats in an effort to boost Missouri coffers from this case and similar ones lying in courthouses around the state.