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Missouri House passes right-to-work bill despite veto threat
February 13, 2015
The Missouri House of Representatives on Thursday approved a right-to-work bill by a vote of 91-64. The bill will now be sent to the Missouri Senate, where it could face a filibuster. Even if the bill is approved by the Senate, Governor Jay Nixon is expected to veto it. The bill allows workers who....... [more]

Supreme Court refuses stay of execution for Missouri death row inmate
February 11, 2015
Missouri executed death row inmate Walter Storey early Wednesday morning after the US Supreme Court denied his requested stay of execution. Storey was convicted and sentenced to death for a 1990 murder. He challenged his execution based on Missouri's refusal to disclose the compounding pharmacy that....... [more]

Missouri towns sued over 'debtors prisons'
February 9, 2015
Rights group Equal Justice Under Law filed suit Fridays against the cities of Ferguson and Jennings, Missouri, for their practice of jailing citizens who fail to pay debts owed to the city for minor offenses and traffic tickets. The group alleges poor citizens are being unfairly imprisoned for thei....... [more]

What's Wrong with Illinois' New Eavesdropping Law
January 29, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Jacob Huebert, of the Liberty Justice Center, discusses a new Illinois eavesdropping law and argues that the Illinois legislators should repeal the law as it violates constitutional principles and individual freedoms...For a few weeks in late 2014, the police killings of Micha....... [more]

Supreme Court orders further proceedings for death row inmate
January 20, 2015
The US Supreme Court on Tuesday reversed a lower court ruling and ordered further proceedings for Mark Christeson, a Missouri man convicted of killing a woman and her two children. The court determined that the 35-year-old may have received ineffective legal counsel, which led to his failure to meet....... [more]

South Carolina judge declares mistrial in police shooting case
January 13, 2015
Judge Edgar Dickson of the South Carolina Circuit Court, on Tuesday, declared a mistrial in the murder case against a former police chief for the 2011 killing of an unarmed black man. This decision followed the jury remaining deadlocked after 12 hours of deliberation. Former police chief Richard Co....... [more]

St. Louis grand juror sues prosecutor over gag order
January 5, 2015
Grand Juror Doe (Doe), who served on the grand jury in the Michael Brown shooting case, sued St. Louis County prosecuting attorney Robert McCulloch Monday, challenging a gag order. Doe wishes to speak about his experience and contribute to public dialogue on race issues. In this civil rights action....... [more]

Ferguson shooting evidence released following grand jury decision
November 25, 2014
A grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri, decided Monday not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown in August. St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch released documents and evidence that were presented to the grand jury, including jury trans....... [more]

Missouri circuit judge overturns ban on same-sex marriage
November 6, 2014
St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison ruled Wednesday that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. The St. Louis Circuit judge ruled that the Missouri Constitution violates the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution. In his opinion, Burlison rejected t....... [more]

How the Four Major Sports Leagues Influence LGBT Rights
November 6, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Masoud Mortazavi, St. John's University School of Law, Class of 2015, is the author of the fifth article in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Mortazavi discusses the ways in which professional sports have helped sha....... [more]

Supreme Court halts Missouri execution for ineffective assistance of counsel
October 29, 2014
The US Supreme Court on Tuesday halted the execution of Mark Christeson, a Missouri man convicted of killing a woman and her two children, pending the determination of whether the 35-year-old received effective legal counsel. Christeson's attorneys, along with 15 former judges, on Monday asked the S....... [more]




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