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.
Legal questions surround the arrest of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing who was captured on Friday.
What is the role of the public safety exception as it relates to Miranda rights? Were civil rights violated as a result of the lockdown? Should Tsarnaev be tried as an enemy combatant as some Republican legislators have suggested?
The questions surrounding the surviving suspect of the Boston Marathon bombing were discussed by a panel of legal experts, as part of our monthly legal roundtable discussion.
Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a legal battle between St. Louis-based Monsanto and a 75-year-old farmer from Indiana named Vernon Hugh Bowman.
While some Supreme Court justices have already tipped their hat signifying Monsanto will likely win the case, the issue revolves around whether Bowman violated Monsanto’s patent rights when he planted soybean seeds from a grain elevator.