Breckenridge Joins Supreme Court

JEFFERSON CITY, MO - Missouri's newest member of the Supreme Court is jumping right into the action.

Judge Patricia Breckenridge is sitting in on her first oral arguments today with the six other members of the Supreme Court.

She was appointed to the high court last month by Governor Blunt after a much-publicized selection process.

Breckenridge had plenty of questions for the attorneys in her first case, which was an appeal from a man convicted of raping his stepdaughter in St. Louis.

The key question before the court was whether defense attorneys had ample opportunity to argue to jurors that the crime did not actually occur in the city, but rather in St. Louis County.

If it occured in the county, the defense lawyers contend the city trial was improper.

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