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Federal judge allows challenge to death penalty secrecy to continue
April 5, 2014
On Thursday a federal judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Missouri ordered that a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) may continue, despite the state's objection. The lawsuit is challenging a bill intended to protect the identities of individuals who pr....... [more]

Oklahoma pharmacy agrees not to supply drug for Missouri execution
February 19, 2014
An Oklahoma compounding pharmacy has agreed on to not provide a drug necessary to execute a Missouri inmate who has filed a suit arguing that the drug could cause severe and inhumane pain, but state officials said they would still proceed with the execution. US District Judge Terence Kern on Tuesday....... [more]

Federal judge prevents pharmacy from providing lethal injection drugs
February 13, 2014
Judge Terence Kern for the US District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma issued a temporary restraining order on The Apothecary Shoppe in Tulsa to stop the pharmacy from providing an execution drug to the Missouri Department of Corrections for an upcoming lethal injection. The restraining....... [more]

ACLU files lawsuit over Missouri ban on recognizing same-sex marriages
February 13, 2014
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the ACLU of Missouri filed a lawsuit on Monday in the 16th Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri on behalf of eight same-sex couples seeking recognition for their marriages, which were all performed out of state. Currently, Missouri's Constitutional....... [more]

Supreme Court orders stay of execution for Missouri death row inmate
January 29, 2014
The US Supreme Court issued an order Tuesday evening staying the execution of Missouri death row inmate Herbert Smulls. Smulls, who was convicted and sentenced to death for killing a jewelry store owner and injuring his wife during a robbery in 1991, was scheduled to die at 12:01 AM Wednesday. Smull....... [more]

Missouri high court denies same-sex partner survivor benefits
October 31, 2013
The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected the claim of a deceased state highway patrol trooper's same-sex partner that the state's survivor benefits statute violated his equal protection rights under the Missouri Constitution by denying him benefits based on his sexual orientation. The appella....... [more]

Federal Shield Protection Needed to Protect Investigative Journalism
September 16, 2013
JURIST Guest Columnist Sandra Davidson, of the University of Missouri School of Law, says that by failing to provide shield protection at the Federal level, the US risks both a chilling effect on investigative journalism and an increased potential for the uncontrolled release of information ...Journ....... [more]

Missouri lawmakers fail to overcome veto of gun bill
September 12, 2013
The Missouri Senate on Wednesday fell one vote short of overriding a veto by Governor Jay Nixon and passing into law a bill implementing a controversial gun measure. After the state's House of Representatives on Wednesday voted 109-49 in favor of overriding Nixon's veto, the senate's 22-12 vote fail....... [more]

Edward Snowden, the Espionage Act and First Amendment Concerns
July 29, 2013
JURIST Guest Columnist Christina Wells of the University of Missouri- Columbia School of Law says that the broad provisions of the Espionage Act raise significant First Amendment concerns, mainly that government officials can control all debates by allowing favorable leaks while punishing embarrass....... [more]

Planned Parenthood sues over Kansas abortion law
June 22, 2013
Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit Thursday over a new Kansas law passed in April requiring doctors to inform women seeking abortions that they are ending the life of a "whole, separate, unique, living human being." Since Governor Sam Brownback signed the legislation, Planned Parenthood of Kansas a....... [more]

Federal appeals court upholds part of Missouri funeral protest ban
April 27, 2013
The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit on Friday upheld a Missouri law that bans protests within 300 feet of funerals but struck down a second broader law that would have increased the distance at which protesters to could congregate. The challenge to the laws came from members of the Westbo....... [more]