St. Louis on the Air
5:37 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Legal Roundtable: Drones, Cyberbullying, Maryville Rape Case, Etc.

If all goes according to plan, a surveillance drone could be policing the skies of St. Louis by this time next year. According to SLMPD Chief Sam Dotson, the drone would be used in public spaces, and would enable the police to avoid dangerous high-speed chases. But what are the legal parameters? And what is considered public?

After a lot of media attention, fresh eyes are going to be looking at the Maryville rape case. Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Barker has been named special prosecutor on the case.

And why aren't more cyberbullying cases brought to trial? Last week on St. Louis on the Air, Tina Meier of the Megan Meier Foundation said more needs to be done to prosecute cases of online bullying.

Host Don Marsh talked with a panel of legal experts to explain those issues and more. 

The panelists included:

  • 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 of the Career Center, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Jennifer Joyce, J.D., Circuit Attorney, City of St. Louis

Other topics included:

St. Louis on the Air provides discussion about issues and concerns facing the St. Louis area. The show is produced by Mary Edwards and Alex Heuer and hosted by veteran journalist Don Marsh.

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