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ArchCity Defenders' Michael-John Voss (at left) and Wash U's Peter Joy joined Thursday's talk show.
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Missouri Chief Justice Zel Fischer in January announced coming changes to the state’s pretrial rules, which govern bail, detention and other practices directly impacting citizens accused of a crime.

The new rules, described by Fischer as “common-sense modifications” within a system that too often treats defendants according to their pocketbooks instead of the law, go into effect July 1.

On Thursday’s St. Louis on the Air, St. Louis Public Radio’s Rachel Lippmann discussed the implications with a local law professor and a representative from ArchCity Defenders.

Tis article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 1, 2011 - WASHINGTON - When FBI agents arrested Abdullah al-Kidd at a Washington-area airport in 2003 as he prepared to board a plane to Saudi Arabia, he was wanted as a material witness in an ongoing terrorism inquiry.

But Kidd, a U.S. citizen and former University of Idaho football player, was neither called to testify nor charged with any crime after he was held for 16 days in high-security cells, strip-searched and subjected to travel restrictions for two years after his release.