Do corporations have the same religious rights as individuals? If so, what size of corporation can be considered and what sort of sincerity threshold should they meet? And what about the potential conflict with an individual's right to health care?
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?
Every month, St. Louis on the Air holds a legal roundtable in which we discuss local, regional and national issues pertaining to the law. This month, we took the show on the road to Saint Louis University's new downtown School of Law building.
Host Don Marsh and the panel of legal experts took questions from a live audience in the 12th floor court room. And with the new U.S. Supreme Court session scheduled to begin October 7th, there was a lot to talk about.
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.
Florida's Stand Your Ground law has been the subject of much debate in the wake of the Trayvon Martin case. Missouri has a similar law on the books called the Castle Doctrine, which gives an individual greater protection under the law when located on his or her property.
Legal issues are never far from the headlines and in many cases, they are the headlines.
The Missouri Legislature recently ended its session and passed some bills worth considering from a legal perspective. One bill bars the implementation of Agenda 21, a non-binding United Nations plan which promotes sustainable development. Another would bar Sharia law in Missouri.
Host Don Marsh talked with a panel of legal experts to explain those issues and more.