Analysis: 1 Year and Waiting on Workers' Comp Case

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - It was one week after Thanksgiving last year when Missouri's seven Supreme Court judges heard arguments on the constitutionality of a law making it harder to win workers' compensation benefits.

Another Thanksgiving has passed, and the judges apparently are still pondering what to do.

Injured workers, employers and attorneys are anxiously waiting.

The 1-year wait is the longest amount of time the court has spent deciding a case in recent years.

In fact, the Supreme Court already has waited four times as long as its average span from hearing arguments to issuing opinions, according to an Associated Press analysis of 182 opinions issued by the court in 2007 and 2008.

Why is this particular case taking so long?

The Supreme Court won't say.

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