Legal Roundtable: The Gun Bill And The Veto Session, Connor's Non-Compete, Pujols Libel Case, Etc.
During next week's veto session, Missouri legislators will likely attempt to override Governor Jay Nixon's veto of the gun bill (H.B. 463), called the Second Amendment Preservation Act. Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has announced that he agrees with Nixon's override, stating that the bill violates the Supremacy Clause of the constitution. If put into law, the bill would conflict with federal gun laws.
Larry Connors, former anchorman for KMOV, is disputing the legality of the non-compete he signed as an employee of the TV station, which prevents him from working for a competing organization in St. Louis for one year.
Albert Pujols has threatened to sue Jack Clark for accusing Pujols of taking steroids. As a public figure, does he have a libel case?
Host Don Marsh talked with a panel of legal experts to explain these 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, The Career Center, Washington University in St. Louis
- Heather Cole, Senior Reporter, Missouri Lawyers Media
Other topics included:
- Whether or not the rodeo clown who wore an Obama mask has a First Amendment case.
- The need for legislative guidance on the Turner Case. Can schools limit the number of transfers?
- Rex Sinquefield's suit to stop a proposed 2014 ballot measure to limit campaign contributions.
- The end of mandatory minimum sentencing for low-level drug offenders.
- Rep. Paul Wieland's suit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.