Posts Tagged ‘Missouri’

Mo. high court upholds part of e-mail harassment conviction

Man who sent threatening, offensive messages to alderwoman and others fails to persuade court that they amounted to political speech.

Mo. jail withholds detainee’s newspaper; he sues

Sheriff ends distribution of local newspapers after inmate’s letter to the editor appears in weekly to which he subscribed.

Mo. man receives $7,000 after arrest for flag desecration

Federal judge assesses compensatory damages for man jailed seven hours for shredding a U.S. flag in 2009.

8th Circuit upholds Mo. city’s outdoor-smoking ban

Man claimed Clayton’s ordinance violated the First Amendment by giving the city manager discretion to decide whether to allow smoking during community events and festivals.

8th Circuit invalidates St. Louis sign ordinance

Court: People don’t get fair notice of what is prohibited by ordinance and it chills protected speech.

Mo. high court upholds licensing rules for private investigators

Ricky B. Gurley had argued that statute could be interpreted to apply to individuals searching for friends on a social-networking site.

A big sign of victory

Jim Roos’ large mural protesting St. Louis’ use of eminent domain can stay put after Supreme Court leaves in place a ruling that found city’s sign law played favorites.

Mo. measure addresses academic freedom, evolution

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Public elementary and secondary school teachers in Missouri would have greater academic freedom to teach about scientific evidence regarding evolution, if a bill recently introduced in the Missouri House becomes law.
Republican state Rep. Andrew Koenig and several other co-sponsors introduced H.B. 195, which would allow educators to teach and guide students in thinking critically [...]

States reassessing campaign laws after Citizens United

Editor's note: This story has been updated with information for additional
states since the original was posted Jan. 23.
The major Supreme Court decision Jan. 21 that could change how presidential
and congressional campaigns are funded is also prompting many states to examine
their campaign-finance laws.
Voting 5-4 in Citizens
United v. FEC, the Court overturned Austin
v. Michigan Chamber of Commerce [...]

Despite hurdles, reporters attend, cover Palin speech

Despite efforts to keep reporters from attending Sarah Palin’s speech last night at a private college in southwest Missouri, some journalists managed to secure free tickets and covered the address “from the bleachers.”
The former Alaska governor gave the keynote address last night at the College of the Ozarks event during which she received a “Great [...]

Mo. judge bars journalist from courthouse for 30 days

COLUMBIA, Mo. — A central Missouri judge has barred a newspaper photographer from a courtroom for 30 days after rejecting her written apology for photographing a jury.
Boone County Circuit Judge Gary Oxenhandler called the letter from Chris Dunn “a series of rationalizations.”
A photo taken by Dunn that was posted on the Columbia Missourian's Web site [...]

Federal judge rejects adult store’s challenge to Mo. county ordinance

A recent federal court decision highlights a recurring — and unsettled — First Amendment question: Do all adult businesses cause the same harmful secondary effects?
The case involves a Jackson County, Mo., ordinance that regulates adult businesses. Enlightened Reading Inc., which does business as Erotic City, challenged the ordinance in federal court. Erotic City is a [...]

8th Circuit sides with Mo. school in dispute over Confederate flag

School officials in Farmington, Mo., were justified in suspending students for wearing Confederate flag clothing because of several racially charged incidents, a federal appeals court panel has ruled.
Three students — known in court papers by their initials B.W.A., R.S. and S.B. — from Farmington High School sued in federal court after being suspended for wearing [...]

Without character, freedom fails

While Gen. Colin Powell was making political news last Sunday (Oct. 19), his wife, Alma, was sounding the alarm about an issue that transcends partisan differences — and will define America’s future as much as any election.
Speaking to the annual forum of the Character Education Partnership (CEP), Alma Powell delivered a simple but profound message: [...]

Federal court rejects council critic’s First Amendment claims

A federal judge in Missouri has rejected the First Amendment claims of a man removed from Kirkwood City Council meetings for “repetitive, personal, virulent attacks” against council members.
Charles Lee Thornton had sued the city of Kirkwood after he was arrested twice (and later convicted) for disorderly conduct at two council meetings in 2006.
In May 2006, [...]

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