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Supreme Court refuses stay of execution for Missouri death row inmate
March 18, 2015
Missouri officials executed death row inmate Cecil Clayton early Wednesday morning after the US Supreme Court and Governor Jay Nixon denied his requested stay of execution. Clayton, 74, was convicted and sentenced to death for shooting a sheriff's deputy in 1996. Clayton's attorneys argued that he w....... [more]

Wisconsin governor signs 'right to work' bill into law
March 9, 2015
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker on Monday signed a "right to work" bill, making Wisconsin the twenty-fifth state with such a law on the books. The legislation was approved by the Senate last month and given final approval by the Assembly last week. The new law provides that workers cannot be compel....... [more]

Ferguson mayor fires 3 city employees after DOJ investigation
March 6, 2015
Ferguson, Missouri Mayor James Knowles reportedly fired three city employees on Thursday after an investigation by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) exposed racist e-mails and racially disparate police practices in the city. One of the employees was a former City Court Clerk, and two others employ....... [more]

DOJ report: no prosecution of Ferguson police officer
March 4, 2015
A US Department of Justice (DOJ) report released Wednesday says the department will not prosecute Darren Wilson, the former Ferguson police officer who shot and killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown last August. According to the report, the DOJ found that there is "no evidence upon which prose....... [more]

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]




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