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  547.210.  Indictment or information insufficient, defendant held — state may appeal. — When any indictment or information is adjudged insufficient upon demurrer or exception, or where judgment thereon is arrested or set aside, the court in which the proceedings were had, either from its own knowledge or from information given by the prosecuting attorney that there is reasonable ground to believe that the defendant can be convicted of an offense, if properly charged, may cause the defendant to be committed or recognized to answer a new indictment or information, or if the prosecuting attorney prays an appeal to an appellate court, the court may, in its discretion, grant an appeal.

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(RSMo 1939 § 4143)

Prior revisions: 1929 § 3753; 1919 § 4099; 1909 § 5305

(1954) Supreme Court rule as to appeals by state in criminal case does not deprive defendant of any right, and is valid since it only changes the mode of appeal, not the right. State v. Getty (Mo.), 273 S.W.2d 170.

(1963) State could not appeal from dismissal of information and discharge of defendant, in prosecution for burglary and stealing from estate of deceased, which was not based solely on failure of information to state an accusation, but was also based on stipulation by parties setting out facts in support of defendant's defense that he could not be guilty because he was a lawful heir. State v. Brooks (Mo.), 372 S.W.2d 83.

(1973) Where defendant moved to dismiss on ground that it was legally incapable of committing crime under state laws, was immune to criminal liability, not criminally liable for any criminal acts of its agents or employees and was not included within those enumerated legal entities subject to fish and game code, there was no attack upon "sufficiency of the accusation", and Court of Appeals had no jurisdiction to review, on state's appeal, grant of the motion. State v. Little River Drainage District (A.), 490 S.W.2d 675.

(1977) Held, procedure for state to appeal has been changed by Ct. Rule 28.04, and application to trial court to appeal is no longer required. State v. Adams (A.), 546 S.W.2d 550.


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