Under Missouri law, a criminal appeal must be filed with the trial court clerk within 10 days of the final judgment. The judgment is considered final when one of the following happens:
A former professor with Northwest Missouri State University was apparently charged with drug possession following a search of his home. The search, however, was not related to drugs, and the professor filed a motion to appeal the search warrant. According to reports, the judge granted that motion, which invalidated the search warrant and caused all evidence seized during the search to be suppressed.
For two decades, a man in Missouri was jailed for a crime he says he didn't commit. After a number of failed appeals, a judge has ruled that the conviction should be overturned because of issues with the fairness of the original trial. The judge has left the case open for another trial should the prosecuting attorney refile charges. The man's attorney says they are hopeful that won't happen.
Criminal legal procedures can be complex, even when a case seems simple. Even after a court ruling or jury decision, legal procedures continue in the form of sentencing hearings and appeals. Protecting your rights throughout the process is an essential part of minimizing the impact of charges, even if there seems to be a dearth of evidence against you.
A Missouri man convicted of armed robbery back in 2000 is currently battling the state’s attempt to incarcerate him for that conviction years after the fact. After his conviction, authorities reportedly failed to notify him when to turn himself in to corrections due to a clerical error. Hearing nothing, the man simply went about his life.
Last fall we wrote a post on the successful appeal a Missouri man filed in relation to a murder conviction. As a 17-year-old the man was accused, and found guilty of, murdering the sports editor of a Missouri community's paper, in the parking lot of the newspaper offices. The guilty verdict resulted in a 40-year prison sentence.
When folks in Missouri are convicted of a crime, that does not necessarily bring their case to a conclusion. Many people choose to appeal their conviction in the hope that evidence that was misinterpreted or not properly considered could exonerate them. A possible loophole in Missouri law could have a lot of people scrambling to appeal their conviction on drunk driving charges.
One of the threads in this blog is criminal appeals. We have looked, for example, at issues such as appeals of search and seizure rulings, as we did in our May 22 post.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is launching a review of 2,000 criminal cases that resulted in a conviction. What the FBI will be looking for is the impact that hair evidence, present in all of these cases, had on the ultimate result of the case.
Very few criminal appeals go all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court. Indeed, very few cases of any type get a place on the Court's crowded docket.