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Same-Sex Marriage
11:18 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Federal Judge Declares Missouri's Ban On Same-Sex Marriage Unconstitutional

Lilly Leyh and Sadie Pierce were the first couple in St. Louis to get their marriage license after a state court judge struck down Missouri's ban on same-sex marriage on Nov. 5. A federal court did the same on Nov. 7
Credit Jason Rosenbaum / St. Louis Public Radio

Updated at 4:50 p.m. with comments from plaintiff Kyle Lawson.

Two days after a state judge in St. Louis came to the same conclusion, a federal judge in Kansas City has struck down Missouri's ban on same-sex marriage.  

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Mobile Justice
4:17 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

ACLU Unveils New Tool To Monitor Police

A screenshot of the "Mobile Justice" app, unveiled Nov. 11 by the ACLU of Missouri
Credit (Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

When the St. Louis County grand jury completes its investigation into the death of Michael Brown, protests are expected to erupt. And now, the people who participate have a new tool to monitor police.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri unveiled a tool Thursday that allows people to monitor the interactions between police and citizens with their smart phones.

 

"People have told us they don't feel protected," said Jeffrey Mittman, the ACLU of Missouri's executive director. "This app will empower Missourians who have traditionally felt powerless." 

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Electronic Surveillance
10:00 am
Thu October 23, 2014

ACLU Sharply Critical Of Expanding Surveillance Camera Use In St. Louis

Credit (via Flickr/Paul Sableman)

Updated with comments from the ACLU press conference, additional information on cameras, and additional comments from the city.

A new report from the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri finds the city of St. Louis is doing a poor job preserving the privacy rights of residents and visitors as it expands its network of surveillance cameras. 

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Michael Brown Shooting
6:04 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Judge Rules Against Police Enforcing 'Five-Second Rule' In Ferguson

Protesters in Ferguson on Aug. 15, just days before the 'five-second rule' took effect.
Credit Durrie Bouscaren I St. Louis Public Radio / St. Louis Public Radio

A federal judge in St. Louis has ruled that police in Ferguson cannot enforce what became known as the "five-second rule."  

The rule was a crowd-control strategy to respond to violence in Ferguson developed by the St. Louis County Police Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol, along with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.  Officers had noticed that whenever marchers paused, crowds would spread into the streets, blocking vehicle and foot traffic.

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Ten Couples
2:42 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Court Fight Over Recognizing Same-Sex Marriages Begins Thursday

Janice Barrier (left) and her wife Sheri Schild are one of the ten couples suing to have their out-of-state marriage recognized in Missouri. They married in Iowa in 2009.
Credit Rachel Lippmann I St. Louis Public Radio

Updated at 5:30 p.m. to reflect the correct number of couples involved in the suit.

Ten same-sex couples from Missouri will head to court in Kansas City on Thursday for the first day of a case seeking recognition of their marriages.  

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Obituary
2:42 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Fred Epstein: He Built Up His Company And The ACLU And Led Both With Aplomb

Fred Epstein, in his office at Indeeco
Credit Provided by the family

Fred Epstein took the reins of the industrial heater factory his father founded in 1929 (just days after the stock market crashed) and adroitly steered it into the 21strst century, all the while giving chunks of time to transform the local ACLU into a formidable organization. He died Wednesday at the age of 79.

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World Series Tickets
10:06 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Judge Orders Release Of Internal Police Documents

(St. Louis Public Radio)

A second St. Louis judge has ruled that police officers have no right to expect that statements they make during internal investigations won’t be released to the public.

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Same-Sex Marriage
2:32 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Missouri Couples Sue To Have Out-Of-State Same-Sex Marriages Recognized

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Updated with additional information from the press conference, copy of the case.

Eight same-sex couples in Missouri have filed suit seeking to have their out-of-state marriages recognized in the state.

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St. Louis Police
4:02 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Case Over Police Discipline Records For Misuse Of World Series Tickets Continues

The logo of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department as displayed on a patrol car.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

A long-running legal battle over whether records of  internal St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department investigations are subject to Missouri's Sunshine Law will continue for possibly another six months.

Here's a timeline of the case:

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Lethal Injection
4:24 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Mo. Moving Forward With Executions, Despite Secrecy Over Drug Supply

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A month ago, St. Louis Public Radio reported on the questionable manner in which the state of Missouri got ahold of its potential execution drug. Now Missouri has a new plan to go ahead with two upcoming executions, but the process is anything but open.

Updated 11/14/13 3:24 p.m.

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