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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]

Attorneys and former judges ask Supreme Court to stay Missouri execution
October 28, 2014
Attorneys for a convicted Missouri man and 15 former judges on Monday asked the US Supreme Court to block his execution, claiming that mistakes were made by his former attorneys, which led him to lose his opportunity to appeal his case to the federal courts. Mark Christeson, 35, is scheduled to be....... [more]

Amnesty: Ferguson police committed human rights abuses
October 24, 2014
Police in Ferguson, Missouri committed human rights abuses against peaceful protesters between August 14 and 22, Amnesty International USA (AI) reported Friday. The human rights concerns were witnessed first-hand by AI while in Ferguson during the protests. "What Amnesty International witnessed in M....... [more]

Federal judge rules police tactic used in Ferguson protests unconstitutional
October 7, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri ruled Monday that a tactic employed by police to control protesters in Ferguson, Missouri is unconstitutional and issued a preliminary injunction to stop the practice. Police were forcing peaceful protesters to keep moving, a cro....... [more]

Missouri court upholds teacher ballot initiative
September 19, 2014
A Missouri appeals court on Thursday rejected a challenge to a ballot proposal requiring teachers to be evaluated based on student performance. A panel of judges for the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Western District turned down claims that the measure improperly amends the state constitution....... [more]




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