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:
- United Mine Workers of America settlement with Peabody Energy and Patriot Coal
- The legal posturing between attorneys for Albert Pujols and Jack Clark
- The affirmative action case currently before the U.S. Supreme Court