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Lawrence H Larsen
M E Ballou
. ..And Justice for All
Profile of the judges and court assembled to help the backlog of cases of the Missouri Supreme Court.
A Fan of the Law, Family and Sports
July 12, 2007
Featured in tribute in the "Remembrances" section is Julian M. Levitt, a former Jackson County Circuit Court judge. He died July 4, 2007. Includes his picture.
An Interview With Judge Howard Sachs
Howard F. Sachs was chosen for the project as a representative of the Jewish community and as a judge in the federal court located in Kansas City, Missouri. He was born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1925...
Blunt Appoints Wimes to 16th Circuit Court
July 13-19, 2007
Governor Matt Blunt has appointed Brian Curtis Wimes as the new Jackson County Circuit Judge in the 16th Circuit Court, succeeding retired judge John R. Gray. Wimes, 41, has served as Jackson County Drug...
Charles M. Mason to Constable Post
November 30, 1956
File containing an article and photo about Charles Mason, "the first Negro deputy constable to serve in the Jackson county courthouse," appointed by Judge Bernard Gnefkow (also listed alternately here...
Court of Appeals
August 15, 1963
According to former Judge Samuel A. Dew, 1202 West 67th Terrace, pictures and portraits of all the judges from the origin of the Court of Appeals in 1884 are located on the 10th floor of the courthouse...
Good Roads and Safe Bridges
Photos of three Jackson County judges, C. E. Moss (western district judge), J. M. Patterson, and Geoge Dodd, "all strong advocates of good roads and safe bridges."
Jackson County Bench Loses a Veteran
April 20, 2007
Jon R. Gray is Jackson County's only African American circuit judge and has served for more than 20 years. Gray, age 55, says "he wants to be more active in community and national issues." The article...
Jackson County's First Judges
April 10, 1905
Description of the appointment of the first three Jackson County judges in 1827. "On the 22nd day of January, 1827, the legislature appointed Abraham McClelland, Richard Fristoe and Henry Burris as presiding...
Jackson County, Missouri: Its Opportunities and Resources
Photos of the Jackson County judges in 1926 (Elihu Hayes, Henry Rummel, and Dan Stewart) as well as the old Kansas City courthouse from the 1800s.
Judge Elmo Hunter Dies at the Age of 88
December 29, 2003
Article reviewing the life of Senior U.S. District Judge Elmo B. Hunter who died December 27, 2003.
Judge is Found Dead in His Home
June 29, 2006
Judge Cordell D. Meeks, Jr., who served on the Wyandotte County District Court was found dead on June 28, 2006. His father, Cordell D. Meeks, Sr., was the first African-American District court judge in...
Kansas City, Missouri County Court Districts
Outline map showing the boundaries of the eastern and western Jackson County court districts. Reverse side lists the wards and precincts in each district.
Longtime Johnson County Judge Dies at 76
May 30, 2007
Obituary notice for Earle Jones, a Johnson County judge. He was born in Kansas City, Kansas, and died May 29, 2007, of cancer at age 76. Jones "became a magistrate judge of Johnson County in January 1970...
New Federal Judge Begins Work
June 20, 2008
David Gregory Kays was sworn in on June 19, 2008, as a new federal judge in Kansas City. "Kays, who was born in Kansas City in 1962, most recently served as a judge on Missouri's 26th Judicial Circuit....
Organization of Jackson County, Missouri
February 23, 1905
Description of the first Jackson County Court in Independence and the county's organization from 1826 to 1827.
"The county was organized December 15th, 1826. On July 2, 1827, the first county court...
June 16, 1905
Chapter of the book about "the menace of the Pendergast machine" to federal justice in western Missouri from 1933 to 1939, during Tom Pendergast's term of illegal "statewide power" out of Kansas City.
The Missouri County Court: A Study of the Organization and Functions of the County Board of Supervisors in Missouri
Dissertation toward a doctorate degree from the University of Iowa, about rural county court systems in Missouri, with chapters on county judges and other officials, taxation and finance, roads and bridges,...
Under New Juvenile Court Plan. .. Action on Youths Is Sterner, Faster [and] Court Lacks Place for Youths
Two-part series of articles with illustration, photos, and information on the Jackson County juvenile court system of rotating judges, increasing juvenile crime rates, and decreasing prison or correction...
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