Mo. Supreme Court hearing challenge to ballot initiatives

After hearing three hours of legal arguments Monday at the Missouri Supreme Court, several Missourians who want voters to limit the amount of interest that payday lending companies can charge said they’re confident the court would allow their issue onto this November’s election ballot.

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“I just thought that — in my own opinion — listening to arguments ... that (the court) still would rule in our favor,” said the Rev. Richard Creason, pastor of St. Louis’ Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

Valerie Gordon of St. Louis said: “I think our attorneys made better arguments.”

And W.T. Edmonson, a member of Jefferson City Congregations United, added: “I fully expect the court to wade through all the legal technicalities, and come down on the side of the citizens of the state of Missouri ... on the side of justice for the citizens of this state.”

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