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From the first amendment discussions that came out of the University of Missouri protests, to governors’ attempts to block Syrian refugees, to the challenge of Missouri Senate Bill No. 5, it’s been a busy month for legal questions in the state of Missouri.

On Monday’s Legal Roundtable on “St. Louis on the Air,” host Don Marsh led a panel discussion about the most pressing legal questions of the day. Joining him for this monthly segment: 

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After every school shooting, the push to reform gun laws becomes the object of much debate. Ultimately, not much changes. Will the shooting that took place last week at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon have any different legal response? Monday’s “Legal Roundtable” discussed the subject with “St. Louis on the Air” host Don Marsh, among other pressing legal matters of the day.

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On Monday, “St. Louis on the Air” host Don Marsh led a legal roundtable to talk about local and national legal issues pressing our region today. Uber and anti-trust law were a big focus of the hour, along with the legal implications of the Ferguson Commission’s recommendations, the possibility of minimum wage increases in Missouri, police use of force, the Kim Davis saga and more.

Listen here for the full rundown:

City circuit attorney Jennifer Joyce joined roundtable regulars William Freivogel and Mark Smith to discuss local and national issues of note.
Áine O'Connor | St. Louis Public Radio

The legal roundtable reconvened this week with St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce and plenty of local and regional topics to discuss. On the docket for local news: unconstitutional red light cameras, dual investigations into the shooting of Mansur Ball-Bey and eleventh-hour charges against Ferguson protesters and journalists. In national issues, the panelists covered the shooting of two Virginia reporters and arguments that U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill’s takedown of Todd Akin was illegal—and asked, should prosecutors be elected or appointed?

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As the U.S. Supreme Court approaches the end of its summer term, some long-awaited cases remain undecided: most notable are those on the future of the Affordable Care Act and the nationwide legalization of same-sex marriage.

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St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson has proposed a new way to rank judges on gun crimes, St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce announced that the off-duty officer who shot and killed VonDerrit Myers, Jr. will not be charged because Myers produced a firearm, and St.

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The city of St. Louis will soon have a civilian oversight board. And, new police cameras in the city aim to reduce crime, but do they infringe on privacy?

Those were just two of the topics before our legal roundtable guests, our monthly show that takes a look at relevant issues pertaining to the law.

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In the age of social media and shiny new technology, there often are questions about privacy.

“Nobody wants absolute privacy — that would require us to live like hermits and not see anybody,” Washington University law professor Neil Richards told “St. Louis on the Air” host Don Marsh on Thursday. “At the same time, we want to connect with people, but we also want to be able to do so on our own terms.”

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Questions over subpoenas are making headlines for a variety of reasons in St. Louis.

In January, St. Louis circuit attorney Jennifer Joyce subpoenaed St. Louis Public Radio and other local news outlets for media related to a raucous St. Louis Board of Aldermen committee meeting.

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The U.S. Supreme Court’s announcement that it will take up same-sex marriage this term has many people searching for clues to how the court’s justices may rule.

The high court will decide whether same-sex couples have a right to marry under the constitution. Specifically, the court will hear cases that ask it to overturn bans in four states. The cases will be argued in April; a decision is expected in June.

'St. Louis on the Air' legal roundtable members discuss law issues on Dec. 15, 2014, at St. Louis Public Radio. From left, Don Marsh, 'St. Louis on the Air' host; William Freivogel, professor at Southern Illinois University–Carbondale's Paul Simon Publ
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Many people are unhappy with a grand jury’s decision not to indict police Officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, and the St. Louis County prosecutor’s handling of the case.

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Producer's note: Join us for a special live edition of "St. Louis on the Air" at 10 p.m. Monday, following the announcement of the grand jury decision. You can listen live.

As the nation waited for the Darren Wilson grand jury decision announcement on Monday, the legal roundtable reconvened to discuss issues related to Ferguson, same-sex marriage and other legal issues.

U.S. Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court started its new term Monday morning by announcing it would not hear petitions related to bans on gay marriage in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. 

"St. Louis on the Air" will host local legal leaders Monday for the Legal Roundtable, and you're invited to join us for the live broadcast.

The Legal Roundtable will convene at Washington University's Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom, and will discuss the new session of the U.S. Supreme Court and other legal matters. Audience members will be able to ask questions during the live broadcast.


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Legal questions surrounding Michael Brown’s death and events in Ferguson again dominated the conversation among our legal roundtable.

Justice Department Investigations

The Justice Department has three roles in Ferguson, said William Freivogel, director of the school of journalism at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. First: A criminal investigation, independent of the state’s investigation.

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Deadly force. The right to assemble. Civil rights. Freedom of the press. The shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson more than a week ago has raised several legal issues and questions.

On Monday, the “St. Louis on the Air” Legal Roundtable discussed several of those issues.

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If charges are going to be filed against Wilson, the next step is to present evidence to the grand jury.  

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Two proposed amendments to Missouri's Constitution will appear on August's ballot, and they are raising questions among law enforcement officials, lawmakers and voters. 

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The Francis Howell School District announced Friday that it will no longer accept student transfers from Normandy. State law requires schools to accept student transfers from unaccredited schools in the same or an adjacent county, but come July 1, Normandy will have no accreditation status.

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Wednesday marked the fourth day of the Lyft hearing in downtown St. Louis. The Metropolitan Taxicab Commission (MTC) sees the ride-sharing app as a taxi service, and wants Lyft to comply with existing regulations. But Lyft says it is a “friend with a car,” not a taxi. Who has the stronger legal argument?

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If you get a call saying you owe a fine for missing jury duty, take care. Scammers posing as officials with the city’s warrants department are targeting St. Louisans with that line.