The law continues to play a central role in the controversy over Missouri’s execution methods. On Friday, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the state is not required to reveal the name of the pharmacy supplying it with execution drugs.
In response to the difficulty in obtaining lethal injection drugs, a bill introduced into the Missouri House of Representatives would add death by firing squad to the list of permitted execution methods in the state.
An Illinois right to work case before the U.S. Supreme Court has the potential to rewrite fair share precedents dating back to the 1970s. If the court rules in favor of Pamela Harris, who receives wages from Medicaid for being a home health care provider, then there may be implications for laws that require public employees to pay union dues.
In our monthly legal roundtable, host Don Marsh talked with a panel of legal experts to explain these issues and more.
The panelists included:
- Richard Callahan, J.D., U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of Missouri
- William Freivogel, J.D., Director, School of Journalism; Associate Professor, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, Southern Illinois University – Carbondale
- Mark Smith, J.D., Associate Vice Chancellor and Director, The Career Center, Washington University in St. Louis
Other topics included:
- Role / jurisdiction of U.S. Attorney of Eastern Missouri
- The possibility of a Voter ID law in Missouri
- Federal injunction against Missouri law requiring health exchange navigators to obtain a license
- Original intent bill proposed for the state of Missouri, which would forbid judges from viewing the constitution as a “living, breathing” document.
- The recent word of caution against tweeting about ongoing trials given to U.S. Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce by appeals court panel
- Whether St. Louis City deserves to be on the American Tort Reform Association’s “judicial hell hole” list
- St. Louis firm Bryan Cave’s first female chairperson