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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]

Yahoo: A Little Sunshine on Government Surveillance
September 16, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Sandy Davidson, of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and School of Law, discusses the recent revelations of Yahoo and the potential fallout...At least the Yahoo case has now shed a little sunshine on secret government surveillance. The US government, as part of....... [more]

Missouri legislature overrides veto to enact 72-hour abortion waiting period
September 11, 2014
The Missouri Legislature passed new abortion restrictions over the veto of Governor Jay Nixon Wednesday. Under the new requirement woman in Missouri must wait 72 hours after consulting a doctor before having an abortion, and the requirement does not grant an exception for instances of rape and inces....... [more]

Military Firearms in Ferguson and Beyond: Arms Transfers to Civilian Law Enforcement Under the '1033 Program'
September 3, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Kevin Govern of Ave Maria School of Law in Naples, Florida, discusses the Department of Defense Excess Property Program?commonly known as the '1033 Program'?under scrutiny for the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri and concludes that this will result in stricter d....... [more]

Lawsuit filed against Ferguson and St. Louis alleging police brutality
August 29, 2014
Five people brought a lawsuit on Thursday against the city of Ferguson, Missouri and several officials for the use of unnecessary and unwarranted force by St. Louis County Police and Ferguson Police against demonstrators protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown. The complaint describes the e....... [more]

Missouri governor signs order sending National Guard to Ferguson
August 18, 2014
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon on Monday issued an executive order authorizing the Missouri National Guard to provide assistance in the city of Ferguson following a period of civil unrest that prompted the governor to declare a state of emergency on Saturday. The order was issued in an effort to protec....... [more]

Missouri governor declares state of emergency and issues curfew
August 17, 2014
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon on Saturday signed an executive order declaring a state of emergency and ordering a curfew in the city of Ferguson. The order is an effort to protect the public peace within the city after protesters took to the streets to speak out against the shooting of Michael Brown....... [more]




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