'Legal Legends' to Be Honored Saturday by St. Louis Argus

By Deb Peterson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
February 20, 2008

LEGAL EAGLES: A group of African-American lawyers and judges in St. Louis, including Larry Deskins, Sandra Farragut Hemphill, Frankie Freeman, J. Justin Meehan, Charles Shaw, Reuben Shelton, Wayman Smith, Eric Vickers and Michael Walton, will be recognized at the St. Louis Argus' "Legal Legends Luncheon" on Saturday at the Sheraton Hotel. The newspaper will recognize the Mound City Bar Association, along with the lawyers and judges, for having "made significant contributions to the quality of life in St. Louis and to the causes of justice." Elaine Harris Spearman, legal adviser to St. Louis Comptroller Darlene Green, chaired the committee that selected the honorees. The Argus is one of the oldest black news publications in the country. It is published by Eddie Hassan. For more information, visit

SMART ART: Art St. Louis, which has been helping to build the arts for years from a perch on Locust Street, is moving to 555 Washington Avenue. On Sunday beginning at 2 p.m., the group is inviting guests to "Shower Power," an event designed to allow people to explore the arts organization's new home while construction and renovations are still in progress. Hors d'oeuvres will be provided by neighbor Pablo Weiss from Kitchen K; libations by nearby denizen Schlafly brewery; poker and arts trivia will round out the event.

GET WELL: St. Louis Realtor and urban activist Steve Patterson suffered a stroke on Feb. 1 and is mending nicely but still hospitalized. His friends are using his blog — — to post notes, well wishes and motivational messages.

UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT: Krieger's Sports Grill at 5656 Oakland Avenue, one of the higher-profile restaurants in the locally owned chain, was shuttered Monday. Employees arrived to find the restaurant had done a folderoo with no notice. The restaurant is one of 17 listed on the company's website. A notice at the bottom of the site says that "all franchise stores are independently owned and operated." The list does not say which of the stores are franchises. Calls to headquarters in Maryland Heights were not returned.

SNAP: David Clohessy, national director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is challenging the Rev. Robert Osborne's representation of himself following the Kirkwood slayings. Osborne, the former president of Vianney High School in Kirkwood, came out from behind the police tape to talk with reporters following the shooting. He identified himself as a chaplain for the Kirkwood Police Department. Detective Mike Bales of the Kirkwood police, who is also the department's Public Information Officer, said Tuesday that "he (Osborne) is not the chaplain." Osborne disagrees. He says he has been a chaplain for the department for most of the past 40 years and even has an identification card to that effect issued by the Police Department on Oct. 19, 1999, and signed by Chief Jack Plummer. "If they've revoked it, I don't know about it," Osborne said Tuesday. Osborne left Vianney after he was accused by a teen of sexual abuse. The civil case was settled out of court and St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert P. McCulloch, saying "there was no evidence at all of criminal conduct," declined to file charges. Osborne is listed on a website for St. Peter Catholic Church in Kirkwood as a "visiting priest." Clohessy said SNAP is contacting each media outlet to ask for a correction about Osborne's identification as a police chaplain. Osborne insisted that Chief Plummer could clarify his status with the department. The chief could not be reached Tuesday night.


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