law

Gun Crimes
3:42 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Judges Reject Separate Docket For St. Louis Gun Cases

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Updated at 4:55 with reaction from chief Sam Dotson.

A proposal that would have had two judges handling most crimes involving firearms in the city of St. Louis has been rejected by the judges themselves.

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1:25 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Illinois Sends Cease And Desist Notice To Mobile Payment Company Square

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A little legal kerfuffle is brewing in the Land of Lincoln with mobile payment company Square. If you didn't know, Square has St. Louis ties - it was created by area natives Jack Dorsey and Jim McKelvey. Learn more from our friends at TechCrunch via the link.
Election 2012
6:16 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Verdict Of Voters To Determine Missouri Judicial Selection Process

(via Flickr/Joe Gratz)

In the upcoming election, Missouri voters will decide whether to change how judges are chosen in the Show Me State.

More than 70 years ago Missourians voted for a nominating system that strove to take political influence out of the judiciary.

But as St. Louis Public Radio's Maria Altman reports, Constitutional Amendment 3 made it to November's ballot after increased criticism of that plan in recent years.

How it all works - now

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Missouri's Public Defenders
6:26 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Public Defenders Can Now Refuse Cases – But Seek Long-Term Solution

The scales of justice.
(via Flickr/James Cridland)

Missouri’s public defenders won a big case before the state supreme court this summer.

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Illinois Law
1:08 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

What do dry-cleaning and online dating have in common?

(via Flickr/außerirdische sind gesund)

Both were subjects of new laws signed by Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn today.

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Harassment Law
2:44 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Mo. court strikes down part of 2008 harassment law

The Missouri Supreme Court building in Jefferson City, Mo.
(via Flickr/david_shane)

The Missouri Supreme Court has struck down part of a state harassment law enacted after the suicide of a St. Charles County teenager who was teased over the Internet.

The high court on Tuesday invalidated a 2008 state law defining harassment to cover anyone who "knowingly makes repeated unwanted communication to another person."

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American Flag Desecration
10:17 am
Thu March 22, 2012

Judge: Mo. flag desecration law unconstitutional

(via Flickr/Beverly & Pack)

A federal judge has ruled that Missouri's flag desecration law is unconstitutional and cannot be enforced.

U.S. District Judge Carol E. Jackson issued a permanent injunction Tuesday in the case of Frank Snider, a Cape Girardeau man arrested in 2009 for using a knife to cut up an American flag and then throwing it into the street.

Jackson's ruling prohibits the state, its political subdivisions and its officials from "enforcing or threatening to enforce" the law.

from St. Louis on the Air
3:21 pm
Mon December 20, 2010

Superheroes and the law?

photo by Esparta Palma, courtesy Flickr Creative Commons.

If today's episode of St. Louis on the Air was your idea of a legal-palooza AND you have an affinity for comic books, then you'll really love this neat site.

MO Statehouse
10:04 am
Mon December 6, 2010

Mo. lawmakers pre-file bills for 2011 session

The Thomas Jefferson statue stands on the steps of the Missouri State Capitol Building in Jefferson City, Missouri on December 3, 2010.
Bill Greenblatt UPI

Missouri lawmakers have been pre-filing bills this week in preparation for the legislative session that begins next month. Here's the lowdown on these early ventures:

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