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5:16 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

ACLU challenges local police control initiative

The logo of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department on the side of a patrol vehicle.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

The American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri is challenging language on a ballot initiative that would transfer control of the St. Louis Police Department from the state to the city.

ACLU Regional Program Director John Chasnoff says the initiative's summary, as it would appear on the ballot, fails to explain how the new law would restrict public oversight and access to records.

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Wheelchairs in prison
6:56 pm
Mon November 14, 2011

Motorized wheelchairs to be allowed in Mo. prisons

(via Flickr/Neil Conway)

Two lawsuits involving the use of motorized wheelchairs in Missouri prisons have been settled.

Jeffrey Rogers and Andrew Madden are inmates at the Jefferson City Correctional Center.  They had filed suit because state Department of Corrections policy only allowed use of manual wheelchairs, and other inmates were assigned to push them around.  Tony Rothert is with the American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri.

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LGBT web access
5:14 pm
Thu October 27, 2011

Mid-Mo. school sued over access to LGBT-related websites

PFLAG v. Camdenton R-III School District was heard Oct. 27th, 2011, before U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey in Jefferson City.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

A lawsuit over access to LGBT-related websites at a mid-Missouri public school was heard today in federal court in Jefferson City.

The case involves filtering software used by the Camdenton R-3 school district’s library.  The suit was filed by Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) and is backed by the American Civil Liberties Union.  Tony Rothert, Legal Director of the ACLU of Eastern Missouri, says the Camdenton Schools' library uses filtering software that blocks any mention of sex, not just pornography.

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Funeral protest ban
3:14 pm
Wed October 5, 2011

Appeals court strikes down Manchester funeral protest ban

Shirley Phelps-Roper, a member of Westboro Baptist Church, during a protest. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld a district court ruling in favor of members of the church.
(via Flickr/k763)

A federal appeals court has ruled against a Missouri town's funeral protest ordinance, saying peaceful picketing is protected by the right to free speech under the First Amendment.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld a district court ruling in favor of members of Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan.

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Jail talks
5:33 pm
Wed March 2, 2011

Negotiations on jail oversight break down

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The St. Louis City Justice Center

Talks between the American Civil Liberties Union and the city of St. Louis on an independent panel to oversee the city's jails have stalled.

The talks were prompted by a 2009 ACLU report that alleged abuse and medical neglect at the city's Medium Security Institution (more commonly known as the city workhouse) and at the higher-security City Justice Center.

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