CANDIDATE BIOGRAPHY

Meet Stephanie Morrell

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Candidate for Associate Judge, Division 11.

Stephanie is one of most respected litigators in Mid-Missouri and has handled some of the highest profile and complex cases in Boone County over the course of her nearly 20 years of experience.

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An experienced prosecutor who knows first hand the importance of fair and equal justice.

She began her career as a Missouri Assistant Attorney General in 2000 where she fought for justice on behalf of the people of Missouri throughout the State. She successfully argued before the Missouri Supreme Court more than a dozen times and before each of Missouri’s three appellate courts.

Stephanie joined the Boone County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in 2007 and has established herself as a respected, trusted attorney for serious, complicated cases. She has prosecuted 20 murder or manslaughter cases in Boone and Callaway County. In every case, Stephanie focuses on being fair and treating people equally. Because of that, she has never had a case overturned on appeal.

In 2015, she received the Presidential Award from the Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys for successfully prosecuting Casey Lewis and James Thompson for the first-degree murder of Brian Daniels in Columbia. Thompson preyed on Mr. Daniels, who suffered from severe medical problems caused by injuries he suffered in a fire years before his death. Thompson hired Lewis in a murder for hire scheme to take Mr. Daniels’ life in order to get his money. Stephanie worked tirelessly on the investigation that spanned across numerous counties and states, and after two long and grueling trials, was able to finally earn justice for Mr. Daniels and his family.

During her career, she has also educated attorneys, students, and law enforcement. She is an adjunct professor at Columbia College, provides continuing education to law enforcement throughout the State, and is the training committee chairperson for the Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys where she trains other state prosecutors.

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Fair and equal courts help people get out of the system.

As Associate Judge, Stephanie will continue her commitment to the citizens of Boone County. Through her vast experience in the courtroom, Stephanie has seen the role that our Court plays in our community and understands the importance of ensuring that everyone–criminal defendants, crime victims, and civil litigants– receives a fair shake and is treated equally.

Stephanie has long been involved in alternative sentencing courts, including drug court, which provide an alternative to incarceration, and intends to continue her work as Associate Judge. “We want to connect people quickly with community resources to combat substance abuse and similar issues, so that we can get people out of the system and on to contributing positively to our community.”

Her dedication to public service, her years of experience, and her vast legal knowledge will ensure that everyone–criminal defendants, crime victims, and civil litigants receive a fair shake and equal justice.

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Dedicated to our community because this is her home.

Stephanie has lived in Boone County for nearly two decades and is the proud mother of two really cool sons. She can often be found working the concession stand at their basketball and football games or cheering them on from the stands.

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Responsibilities of Associate Judges

Each and every person deserves their day in Court before a knowledgeable, fair, and decisive judge. Every four years, we elect our Associate Circuit Judges, commonly referred to as Associate Judges, by partisan election. When there is a vacancy (e.g. retirement before the completion of a term), the Governor appoints a replacement to serve until the next general election.

Most Boone County citizens who come into Court appear before an Associate Judge. Boone County Associate Judges regularly handle a large number of criminal cases and certain civil cases.

Stephanie has long been involved in alternative sentencing courts, including drug court, which provide an alternative to incarceration, and intends to continue her work as Associate Judge. “We want to connect people quickly with community resources to combat substance abuse and similar issues, so that we can get people out of the system and on to contributing positively to our community.”

Her dedication to public service, her years of experience, and her vast legal knowledge will ensure that everyone–criminal defendants, crime victims, and civil litigants receive a fair shake and equal justice.

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Difference between Associate Judges and Circuit Judges