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by Mike Dethrow, Alton

After 277 days of deliberation, Southern Appeals Court Judges Jack A.L. Goodman, Jeffrey Bates and William Francis are telling Missourians not to look at the entire trial court transcript and the laws on which Judge Steven Privette based his decision in Oregon County Circuit Court regarding the sale of parts of Eleven Point State Park.

In reversing Judge Privette’s decision, they are saying, look over here, in our opinion Missouri Department of Natural Resources is above those laws and facts. As a result, the laws they recognize totally unbridles MODNR State Park bureaucrats.

Now, the landowners should appeal and the Missouri Supreme Court should take up the case and provide a final opinion.

Missourians deserve no less than a Supreme Court opinion on this important legal case involving the spending of millions of public dollars.

Mike Dethrow is former state representative from Oregon County

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