Criminal Justice

As Missouri looks to legalize recreational marijuana, expungement gets renewed attention

BY: - January 24, 2022

The push to legalize recreational marijuana use in Missouri is coming from multiple directions, with a handful of proposed initiative petitions and at least one bill, and potentially more, backed by Republican lawmakers.  Each hopes to place the issue on the 2022 ballot for voter approval. And each proposal also includes a provision that, while […]

Marijuana, utility contracts: Records shows continued FBI interest in Independence deals

BY: and - January 18, 2022

Federal law enforcement was still seeking information as recently as last summer about medical marijuana licensing in Missouri and utility contracts in Independence that have attracted FBI scrutiny for years.  That’s according to sworn deposition testimony from a Kansas City-area businessman that surfaced publicly last week. The deposition of Joseph Campbell, owner of the real […]

Bipartisan group of Missouri lawmakers hope to close domestic violence gun loophole

BY: and - January 18, 2022

Marsha Keene-Frye grew up around guns, going hunting with her family from a young age near her home in Mississippi County. To this day, she still regularly carries a firearm and considers herself a supporter of the Second Amendment, just like most of her neighbors in southeastern Missouri. But for 27 years, Keene-Frye has worked […]

No ‘sick days’ for constitutional rights: Missouri Supreme Court rules against virtual trials

BY: - January 12, 2022

There are no “sick days” for constitutional rights, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled Tuesday as it overturned the results of a juvenile case partly held online because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The court issued rulings in three cases that test whether courts can have witnesses, defendants or both appear via remote link software when the […]

After 33 years advocating for victims of domestic violence, Colleen Coble is retiring

BY: - December 29, 2021

It was spring of 1989, and Colleen Coble had been working as a lobbyist in Jefferson City for just a few months.  She stood in the gallery of the Missouri House of Representatives, waiting for a bill regarding protections for domestic violence victims to come up for a vote.  It had to pass out of […]

Missouri judge to rule in January on legality of electronic raffle games

BY: - December 16, 2021

A protracted court battle over what is and is not an illegal gambling machine will be decided in early January, just a few days before a Florida company will go on trial for putting its devices in a Linn County Eagles lodge. Associate Circuit Judge Tracey Mason-White will rule on whether Tritium International Consultants, which […]

St. Louis asks judge to rule ‘police bill of rights’ law unconstitutional

BY: - December 3, 2021

The City of St. Louis filed a lawsuit Friday asking a judge to strike down a wide-ranging bill that passed in May bolstering protections for police under investigation for misconduct. The city’s lawsuit targets a portion of a bill called the “Law Enforcement Bill of Rights,” a list of more than 15 new requirements that […]

Missouri GOP political consultant gets probation in felony tax fraud case

BY: - December 2, 2021

David Barklage, a veteran lobbyist and political consultant in Missouri, was granted probation by a federal judge Thursday for failing to pay more than $150,000 in taxes over the course of a three-year period. He was also ordered to pay restitution and perform 120 hours of community service. Federal sentencing guidelines called for him to […]

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With new law and state funds, some Missouri jails lift fees for tampons and pads

BY: - November 29, 2021

When people are checked into the Clay County Detention Center, they all have to pay an intake fee of $8. But for women on their periods, entering the jail used to cost them extra. Incarcerated women at the facility used to be charged about $6 for two packages of 12 pads. If they didn’t have […]

Missouri has paid $30K to defend Eric Greitens in age discrimination lawsuit

BY: - November 22, 2021

The state has paid private attorneys more than $30,000 since 2019 to defend former Gov. Eric Greitens from an age discrimination lawsuit filed by a former employee of the Missouri Department of Revenue.  Mark Ausmus filed a lawsuit in 2018 alleging he was fired from a senior counsel position during the early months of Greitens’ […]

‘A matter of dignity’: Biden signs executive order to address violence against Indigenous people

BY: - November 16, 2021

President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Monday addressing violence against Indigenous communities. “These efforts are a matter of dignity,” Biden said during the opening ceremony for the White House Tribal Nations Summit. “That’s the foundation of our nation-to-nation partnership.” The executive order directs the departments of Justice, Interior, Homeland Security, and Health and […]

Corizon loses challenge to Missouri prisoner medical care contract award

BY: - November 4, 2021

The company providing health care to state prisoners failed to prove a competitor misled state purchasing officers to win the $1.4 billion contract, Cole County Circuit Judge Daniel Green ruled Thursday. Corizon Health, which has been the state’s vendor for prisoner medical needs since 1992, accused the state Purchasing Division of giving the contract to […]