Jury Acquittal

After a four-day trial in St. Louis County, the jury acquitted the firm’s client of felony assault and the case was discharged.

Partners Recognized for Excellence

Firm partners Brandy Barth and Talmage Newton have been named to the 2015 Missouri & Kansas Rising Stars list, an honor reserved for lawyers who exhibit excellence in the legal practice. Talmage has been named in the practice area of criminal defense and Brandy has been named in the practice area of plaintiff-side employment litigation.

The Super Lawyers listing is an annual multi-stage process that includes surveys from the two states to identify attorneys with a high degree of both professional achievement and peer recognition, independent evaluation and peer review.

Firm partner Brandy Barth has been selected to serve as a Barrister member of the Theodore McMillian American Inn of Court. An invitation reflects that the recipient is held in high regard by members of the bar and the Masters of the Inn.

U.S. Supreme Court Brief Filed

Bucklew v. Luebbers

On behalf of the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Talmage filed an amicus curiae brief in the U.S. Supreme Court. At issue are the Constitutional implications of the funding of defense counsel for death row defendants in post-conviction proceedings.

U.S. Supreme Court Adopts Talmage Newton’s Position on Warrantless Blood Draws

The U.S. Supreme Court adopts Talmage Newton’s position in favor of the Defendant and the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Re-elected to the Board of the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

At the annual meeting of the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the membership elected Talmage Newton to another three-year term as a member of the executive board.

Talmage Newton a Rising Star

Talmage E. Newton IV, an attorney with Pleban & Petruska Law, L.L.C., has been named a 2012 Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers Rising Star in the field of criminal defense. The Super Lawyers listing is an annual multi-stage process that includes surveys from the two states to identify attorneys with a high degree of both professional achievement and peer recognition, independent evaluation and peer review.

Talmage Receives Robert Duncan Award

Talmage Newton was awarded the Robert Duncan Award for Appellate Advocacy by the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers for his work on two successful amicus appellate briefs presented to the Supreme Court of Missouri.

Criminal Justice Act Panel Appointment

Talmage Newton has been named as a Lead Panel Attorney for the Criminal Justice Act Panel for criminal cases in the Eastern District of Missouri.

MO Lawyers Weekly Discusses Talmage’s Work

Talmage played a key role in the case against disbarred attorney Carl E. Smith, authoring the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ brief in support of the accused.

Talmage Quoted Re: Judicial Complaints

Talmage was recently quoted in a Missouri Lawyers Weekly article discussing the risks and challenges of filing a complaint with the state's judicial discipline commission.

MO Blood Draws Unconstitutional

In a recent decision, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled that law enforcement officers must get a warrant before ordering a blood test on unwilling drunken-driving suspects, except during special circumstances.