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Jackson County Circuit Judge W. Brent Powell was appointed Tuesday to the Missouri Supreme Court, marking the first high-profile judicial selection by new Republican Gov. Eric Greitens.

Powell will replace former Judge Richard Teitelman, who died in November at his home in St. Louis.

Powell, a 46-year-old Kansas City resident, was appointed by former Republican Gov. Matt Blunt as a Jackson County judge in 2008. He previously spent seven years as an assistant U.S. attorney in Kansas City and also worked as an assistant Platte County prosecutor.

Greitens said Powell has established himself as "an outstanding jurist."

"He has received high marks for being humble, fair-minded and of the highest integrity," Greitens said in a written statement accompanying his announcement. "I am confident Judge Powell will be committed to strengthening and improving our court system and guarding the rule of law as a judge on our state's highest court."

Powell's wife, Beth Phillips, was appointed as a U.S. district judge in 2011 by Democratic President Barack Obama after serving as U.S. attorney in Kansas City. His sister-in-law, Jennifer Phillips, was appointed to the Jackson County Circuit Court in 2014 by former Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon after serving as an assistant county prosecutor. Powell's father, his father-in-law, an uncle and several cousins also have been attorneys.

"Coming from a clan of lawyers, this is a very special day for me and my family," Phillips said Tuesday in a written statement. "As I step into this new role, I hope to model the humility and judicial temperament exhibited by the late Judge Richard Teitelman who was known for his kindness and congeniality."

Unlike at the federal level, Missouri Supreme Court appointees are not subject to Senate confirmation. Instead, Powell will face a retention vote for a 12-year term during the 2018 general election.

Powell's appointment could shift the court a little to the right. Though Missouri appeals judges don't run as Democrats or Republicans, Teitelman had been appointed by former Democratic Gov. Bob Holden and typically aligned along liberal lines.

Powell's addition will mean three of the state's seven Supreme Court judges were appointed by Republican governors.

In the Army, Richard Ress survived duty in some of the most dangerous parts of Afghanistan, but on a July day in 2009, he seemed ready for his life to end in the back of a Texas police car facing his third drunken-driving arrest in less than a year.

According to the arrest report, Ress asked the officer "to shoot him and get it over with." He was struggling with flashbacks and nightmares associated with post-traumatic stress disorder, which went untreated during four months in jail. A few years later, in 2015, he got a fourth DWI.

"I knew I couldn't continue like this because I was going to die," he said.

That's when Ress was flagged for a program that aims to divert certain veterans facing criminal charges into treatment programs instead of sending them through the criminal court system. And rather than requiring veterans to travel to court appearances, this court travels to reach them in five counties near Dallas.

Judge John Roach Jr. said the court is a first of its kind, and he hopes it will be replicated in other rural areas without public transportation, where getting to hearings can be a challenge.

Eugene Assault & Violent Crimes Lawyer

  Elite Lawyers  -   POSTED: 2013/01/23 10:00

The state of Oregon determines it law on crimes on against persons based on the ORS Chapter 163. This chapter includes crimes such as homicide, assault, menacing, kidnapping, coercion, sexual assault and stalking. Many times these crimes happen in the context of a domestic relationship and can vary on how severe consequences will be depending on each specific circumstance. These types of crimes are especially difficult because it involves families. Like any kind of crime, domestic violence is not handled lightly and a conviction can have a serious impract on your life by limiting your freedom and your rights.

ORS Chapter 163 sets out Oregon law on crimes against persons. Crimes in this category include homicide, assault, menacing, kidnapping, coercion, sexual assault and stalking. These crimes often occur in the context of domestic relationships. Criminal cases involving family are usually difficult for everyone involved. A domestic violence conviction can have a serious impact on your life, affecting both your future freedom and your rights as a parent, in addition to incurring penalties such as restraining orders and even jail time. If you have been accused of domestic violence or are facing charges for any crime against the person it is important consult an experienced lawyer to protect your rights.

Menacing (threats)
Class A misdemeanor         Up to 1 year in jail and fines of $6250
Class A misdemeanor         Up to 1 year in jail and fines of $6250.
4th degree Assault
Class A misdemeanor         Up to 1 year in jail and fines of $6250.
3rd Degree Assault
Class C felony         Up to 5 years in prison and $125,000  in fines.
2nd Degree Assault
Class B felony         Up to 10 years in prison and $250,000 in fines.
1st Degree Assault
Class A felony         Up to 20 years in prison and $375,000 in fine

If you are accused of domestic abuse against a spouse or significant other that occurred in the presence of one of their children, it can elevate what would be a misdemeanor assault case to a felony assault case. Domestic violence cases also often involve restraining orders in separate civil proceedings.

We can assist you in all civil and criminal proceedings related to domestic violence. We will work to determine what happened, identify potential defenses, such as self-defense or defense of a third-party, and consider the relevancy and significance of any extenuating circumstances such as drugs or alcohol.

If you have been accused of domestic violence or are facing charges for a violent crime call MJM Law Office, P.C. to speak with an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Eugene, Oregon.

Contact Us online or call 541-505-9872 to schedule a consultation. 

The Fair Credit Reporting Act (the FCRA), a federal statute passed in 1970 to regulate the collection and use of consumer credit information, requires consumer reporting agencies (also known as credit reporting agencies or credit bureaus) to maintain the “maximum possible accuracy” of the credit information they collect and use to create consumer reports (also known as credit reports).  When a consumer reporting agency fails to maintain this level of accuracy and errors occur, this federal law gives consumers the right to dispute information in their credit files and, when necessary, bring suit against those agencies and the furnishers of credit information to those agencies, to recover damages for those inaccuracies and errors.

Riley Bennett & Egloff Law combines experience and efficiency in credit reporting law to render their clients high quality legal representation. Their attorneys represents cosumers whose rights have been violated by the credit reporting agencies and runishers of credit information. Having represented a number of parties involved with these kinds of claims in federal court, their work has been acknowledged throughout the Indianapolis area. See

Since 1978, Bryce Bennett has represented businesses, including insurance companies, product manufacturers, construction contractors, real estate and development companies, hospitals, nursing homes, and transportation companies as well as professionals, including doctors, lawyers, insurance and real estate agents, professional and fraternal associations, political subdivisions and municipalities including the City of Indianapolis in thousands of matters, many litigated to conclusion through dispositive motions, negotiated settlements, mediations, arbitrations and numerous bench and jury trials in State and Federal courts.

Bryce H. Bennett, Jr. is an experienced director of business entities, serving in leadership positions on many corporate and non-profit boards. Mr. Bennett was recognized for his work and was the keynote speaker for Indiana University Kelley School of Business MBA graduates and has been published and acknowledged in an article in the Indiana Lawyer. His experience representing businesses have shown favorable results for his clients. Contact Riley Bennett & Egloff, LLP today to schedule a free consultation.

Finding an attorney in Oregon is very difficult. With over a thousand lawyers in Eugene alone, they all vary in degrees of trial experience, prices and rates, and likeability. Majority of people begin to look for lawyers in the Yellow Pages or type in searche engines online for "Best attorney in Eugene for criminal law" or whatever practice area they are looking for. Looking for an attorney that best fits your needs is important and you need to come up with potential questions to ask an Oregon Attorney. You shouldn't have to settle for the first attorney you come across. Most successful and competent attorneys will have some information and questions answered for you already on their website. Ideally, the best way to find the best rated lawyer is to ask from word of mouth and first hand experience. People who have had similar legal issues could recommend someone suitable for you and is credible.

Contact us today to discuss your case. We work hard to ensure your rights are preserved, no matter what your individual situation may be. A resolution is within reach but you need outstanding legal representation. Let us pursue this solution on your behalf.

For a free initial consultation with the Law Office of Lance S. Chavin, call us at (413) 301-2780.

Eugene, Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyer

  Elite Lawyers  -   POSTED: 2010/06/21 10:57

Located in Eugene, the Law Office of Max J Mizejewski defends clients throughout Southern Oregon and the Willamette Valley against criminal charges. Mr. Mizejewski provides an aggressive defense against state and federal prosecutors.

Mr. Mizejewski believes everyone's rights should be protected, and everyone deserves the best possible defense. If you have been charged with a criminal offense, you need to know your rights.  We can defend you against your criminal charges, including the following:

Eugene, Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyer

•Drunk Driving (DUII, DUI, DWI) - including underage drinking and driving, refusing a breathalyzer test, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and other drug or alcohol related driving offenses
•Criminal Driving Offenses - including manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, assault, hit & run, attempting to elude police, reckless driving and licensure issues
•Drug Crimes - including possession, delivery, and manufacturing of marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, designer drugs and prescription drugs
•Property Crimes - including theft, embezzlement, forgery, fraud, computer crimes and burglary
•Violent Crimes - including menacing, stalking and assault
•Stalking - including criminal offenses and civil actions
For more information about Oregon criminal law, Oregon criminal courts,  the criminal process, or to discuss your criminal charges with an experienced criminal defense attorney, please call 541-505-9872 or contact us online.

Max Mizejewski received his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1993. In 1997, Max graduated from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College and went on to work in the public sector before entering private practice. As Manager of the Oregon Department of Transportation Environmental Unit, Max gained valuable experience negotiating, problem solving and working through confrontational issues with emotionally charged individuals. Max brings this experience to his private practice which focuses on criminal defense and family law.

Max believes in taking the time to understand each clients unique situation and specific needs. Max represents clients in criminal prosecutions, administrative hearings, dissolution of marriage, custody matters and appeals. Max's tenacious attitude and strategic mindset make him the right advocate to have on your side.

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