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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Attorney W. Scott Rose Has Filed Suit Seeking Immediate Release Of Prisoners Who Have Served More Than One Year For Stealing

St. Louis criminal defense attorney W. Scott Rose of Rose Legal Services, LLC, has begun filing post-conviction motions and petitions for writs of habeas corpus for clients sentenced to more than one year in prison for Stealing.  Mr. Rose is seeking the immediate release of any inmate who has served more than one year for stealing.  These challenges are made possible by the Missouri Supreme Court’s ruling in State v. Bazell on August 23, 2016.  In that case, the Missouri Supreme Court held that almost all stealing offenses in Missouri are misdemeanors, which have a maximum punishment of one year in jail.

            The Missouri Attorney General’s Office estimates that there are currently more than 12,000 inmates at the Missouri Department of Corrections who are being held on a felony stealing conviction.  The Bazell decision calls into question the validity of those convictions, and thousands of inmates may be entitled to relief.

            Mr. Rose contends that Bazell requires the immediate release of any inmate who has served more than a year on a stealing charge (unless, of course, the inmate is in custody for additional charges).  But the Attorney General’s Office has indicated that it will oppose and vigorously litigate all efforts by Missouri inmates seeking release under Bazell.  The Attorney General’s Office has indicated that it intends to take all such cases to the Missouri Court of Appeals and ultimately the Missouri Supreme Court.

            If you or someone you love is currently in custody and has served more than one year for a felony stealing charge at the Missouri Department of Corrections, they may be entitled to immediate release under Bazell.  Do not attempt to litigate these cases without an attorney – the Attorney General’s Office will delay your cases and bury you in briefs.  You need an experienced criminal defense attorney who is already litigating Bazell challenges and has already written briefs on the legal issues involved.  If you or a loved one are serving more than one year for felony stealing, call St. Louis criminal defense attorney W. Scott Rose at (314) 812-4700.  Mr. Rose can file your Bazell challenge for a reasonable flat fee and may be able to obtain an early release.  Mr. Rose accepts collect calls from all Missouri Department of Corrections facilities.




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