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Old 24 August 2016, 08:33 PM
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Judge Oops! Most Stealing No Longer A Felony In Missouri Because Of Sloppy Wording

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In an opinion that went largely unnoticed, the Missouri Supreme Court issued a ruling Tuesday that had the effect of making most stealing offenses no longer felonies thanks to an apparently inadvertent change to state law way back in 2002. The far-reaching decision sent criminal defense attorneys across the state scrambling.

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Old 24 August 2016, 09:35 PM
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It doesn't sound at all like it largely went unnoticed. I guess they mean by the general public?
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It sounds like it went unnoticed by almost everybody between 2002 and the point at which this appeal was brought (July 21 2015). And in fact the appeal itself wasn't even related to the ruling above - she'd appealed on the grounds that one statute included the word "firearms" plural and she'd only stolen one of them in one case. Presumably somebody spotted the problem while dealing with that appeal, and it didn't go to the Supreme Court until April 26 2016...
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Alas but for the wont of activist judges the guilty would have stayed in gaol. Curses on the strict constructionists.
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It sounds like it went unnoticed by almost everybody between 2002 and the point at which this appeal was brought (July 21 2015). And in fact the appeal itself wasn't even related to the ruling above - she'd appealed on the grounds that one statute included the word "firearms" plural and she'd only stolen one of them in one case. Presumably somebody spotted the problem while dealing with that appeal, and it didn't go to the Supreme Court until April 26 2016...
It says the opinion that came out on Tuesday went largely unnoticed. I agree that the drafting mistake went unnoticed since 2002, but that is not what is referred to.
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More sloppy wording, perhaps?
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