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Senate panel blocks MU curator appointment

Wednesday, 05 February 2014 13:37 Published in Local News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri Senate committee has blocked one of Gov. Jay Nixon's nominees to serve on the University of Missouri Board of Curators.
 
The motion to endorse Cape Girardeau lawyer Michael Ponder failed Wednesday on a 5-5 vote.
 
Ponder was first tapped by Nixon for the post in January 2013. The Senate did not act on his nomination last year, but Nixon reappointed Ponder in June and he has been serving on the board since then.
 
It was Ponder's previous position in state government, however, that concerned members of the Senate Gubernatorial Appointments Committee. Ponder previously served on the State Board of Education, where senators say he made controversial decisions to implement education standards and a school funding law.
 
Ponder declined to comment on the vote.

Woodworth prosecutor seeks removal

Wednesday, 05 February 2014 12:43 Published in Local News
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A local prosecutor who inherited the case of a Chillicothe man facing a third murder trial in his neighbor's shooting death wants to be removed because of social media postings suggesting he has a conflict of interest.
 
Livingston County Prosecutor Adam Warren was appointed to the case last week after a northwest Missouri judge barred the state Attorney General from again prosecuting Mark Woodworth in Cathy Robertson's 1990 death.
 
The judge said that a private investigator's "secret investigation" on behalf of the county tainted evidence used to twice convict Woodworth.
 
The Associated Press obtained a written request filed by Warren on Monday in Platte County Circuit Court, citing a "social media position which may cast a prejudgment claim" on his ability to independently review the evidence against Woodworth.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - An attorney for a Missouri death row inmate is asking the state Supreme Court to overturn his conviction because prosecutors failed to disclose evidence that he was beaten by police before confessing.
   The attorney for Reginald Clemons on Tuesday urged the high court to use the findings of a specially appointed judge to set aside Clemons' conviction for the 1991 deaths of sisters Julie and Robin Kerry.  Prosecutors say the sisters were shoved off the Chain of Rocks Bridge into the Mississippi River in St. Louis after being raped.
   Clemons was one of four people who were convicted or pleaded guilty in the case.
 
   Special Judge Michael Manners concluded last year that prosecutors suppressed evidence that police may have beaten Clemons while questioning him.

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