State ex rel. Joyce v. Mullen

503 S.W.3d 330 (2016)

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State ex rel. Joyce v. Mullen

Missouri Court of Appeals
503 S.W.3d 330 (2016)

  • Written by Sharon Feldman, JD

Facts

The defendants in 14 criminal cases requested that circuit attorney Jennifer Joyce (plaintiff) disclose, pursuant to Missouri Supreme Court Rule (Rule) 25.03, the names, last known addresses, and statements of persons Joyce intended to call as witnesses. Joyce moved for protective orders, seeking to withhold the phone numbers, birthdates, social-security numbers, and last known addresses of victims and witnesses contained in police reports. Joyce argued that Rule 25.03 violated victims’ and witnesses’ privacy rights and that identifying information should be redacted to protect the victims and witnesses and prevent identity theft. Judge Michael Mullen (defendant) denied Joyce’s motions, ruling that Rule 25.03 was constitutional and that Joyce failed to show good cause for protective orders. Joyce petitioned for mandamus, seeking an order directing the trial court to hold Rule 25.03 unconstitutional to the extent that it required disclosure of personal identifying information of victims and witnesses or, in the alternative, directing the trial court to issue protective orders.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Mooney, J.)

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