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The Effect of Coronavirus on the Courts

Mar 17, 2020

In response to the Coronavirus Disesease (COVID-19) the Supreme Court of Missouri issued a momentous order yesterday, March 16, 2020. Click here to read the order. In it, the Court suspended all in-person proceedings in all Appellate and Circuit Courts effective immediately and through April 3, 2020. Like anything, there are exceptions to this suspension. […]

Lawsuit: Kansas Highway Patrol Targets Colorado Drivers

Feb 3, 2020

Ninety-three percent of the Kansas Highway Patrol’s traffic stops in 2017 involved cars with out-of-state plates, according to a lawsuit challenging the practice as an infringement on motorists’ constitutional rights. In an amended lawsuit filed Thursday on behalf of three plaintiffs, including two Oklahoma brothers who initially filed the complaint, the American Civil Liberties Union […]

Death Row Inmate’s Sentence Is Tossed for Faulty Jury Instructions

Feb 3, 2020

Cesar Fierro spent four decades on death row. The threat of the death penalty was abruptly removed in late December when Texas’ highest ranking court decided he was given faulty jury instructions at his trial. Judges at the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals vacated the Mexican national’s death sentence in December, citing incorrect jury instructions […]

Fight a DWI Charge, and You Can Help Protect Your Future

Feb 1, 2020

You and your friends love football season. It’s not just a game, it’s a way of life for you. Every time there is a game, you head down to the local sports bar, have a few beers, watch the game and then head home. Lately, there have been many more officers around the bar, and […]

Consent as a Defense Against Sexual Assault Charges in Missouri

Jan 31, 2020

Sexual assault is a category of crimes that involve performing sexual activities with another person without their consent. Each state has their own consent laws. In recent years, we have seen a greater awareness being brought to the topic of consent, in large part due to media coverage of major sexual assault cases and the […]

When Are Bars Liable for Overserving Alcohol?

Jan 30, 2020

Vendors, bars, and social hosts — or as 18th Century England would like to call them, dram shops — can be held responsible for injuries that result from their patrons’ boozin’ and cruisin’. But when does this liability attach? Most states have some sort of dram shop law that allows DUI-related accident victims to hold a drinking […]

What You Should Do During a DWI Traffic Stop

Nov 27, 2019

You’re cruising down the highway, enjoying yourself and suddenly you see police lights in your rear-view mirror. You hope that the officer isn’t coming after you, but you have a bad feeling in the pit of your stomach. If you find yourself on the side of the road as part of a DWI traffic stop, […]

You Got a Brain Scan at the Hospital. Someday a Computer May Use It to Identify You.

Nov 25, 2019

In a disturbing experiment, imaging and facial recognition technologies were used to match research subjects to their M.R.I. scans. The brain scans of 84 volunteers were used to create reconstructions of their faces, bottom row, then tested against photographs. A facial recognition program correctly matched 70 subjects.Credit…Mayo Clinic, via the New England Journal of Medicine […]

Man Convicted of Murder Argues His Life Sentence Was Fulfilled When He Briefly Died

Nov 21, 2019

DES MOINES, Iowa – A man convicted of murder was rushed from the Iowa State Penitentiary to a hospital in 2015 where his heart was restarted five times. He claims his life sentence was fulfilled by his short-lived death, and he has overstayed his prison time by four years. Benjamin Schreiber, found guilty of first-degree murder in 1997 and […]