Criminal Justice

Missouri legislature ends tumultuous 2022 session marked by gridlock, GOP infighting

BY: and - May 13, 2022

A flurry of activity in the Missouri House on Friday kept 2022 from earning the ignominious distinction of least productive legislative session in modern history.  With GOP infighting in the Senate forcing it to adjourn a day early after a session that’s seen it mired in gridlock, the House returned Friday morning to pass 20 […]

Bill to create prison nursery clears Missouri legislature on final day of session

BY: - May 13, 2022

Infants born to women in prison may soon get to remain with their mothers for their first 18 months, under a bill on its way to Gov. Mike Parson’s desk. The bill would direct the Missouri Department of Corrections to establish a nursery within a women’s correctional facility by July 2025. It gained bipartisan support […]

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Bill forcing Kansas City to put more money toward police heads to governor’s desk

BY: - May 13, 2022

The amount of funding Kansas City would be required to put towards its police department would increase under legislation headed to Gov. Mike Parson’s desk. The bill, sponsored by Tony Luetkemeyer, R- Parkville, raises the portion of Kansas City’s budget that must be devoted to the police department from 20% to 25% – a $65.2 […]

Missouri House votes to require disclosure of medical marijuana ownership records

BY: - May 10, 2022

The Missouri House voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to require state regulators to disclose ownership information for businesses granted medical marijuana licenses that the state has withheld from public view. Democratic Rep. Peter Merideth of St. Louis added the transparency requirements as an amendment to a local government bill approved by the Senate earlier this year. After […]

GOP eyes bill forcing Kansas City to put more money toward police as session nears end

BY: - May 9, 2022

After the Democratic mayors of Kansas City and St. Louis last year moved to shift police funds towards community outreach and crime prevention initiatives, Republican lawmakers in Jefferson City vowed a response.  GOP-backed legislation filed this year would increase the portion of Kansas City’s budget it must devote to its police department. Another bill would […]

Appeals court rejects lawsuit challenging Missouri marijuana license caps

BY: - May 3, 2022

Missouri’s constitution gave state regulators the authority to limit the number of licenses issued to grow and sell medical marijuana, the Missouri Court of Appeals for the western district ruled Tuesday. The Callicoats, a family from Sarcoxie, Mo., sued the state in 2020 after their license to open a cultivation facility was denied. The lawsuit contended that […]

Lawmaker says GOP resistance may doom Missouri marijuana legalization bill

BY: - May 2, 2022

A Republican lawmaker pushing legislation to legalize recreational marijuana in Missouri says his bill is in jeopardy because of stall tactics by his GOP colleagues and the insistence of the House floor leader that it include license caps. Rep. Ron Hicks, R-Defiance, said he was initially told his marijuana legalization bill would come up for debate […]

KC-area member of Proud Boys pleads guilty to felony in Jan. 6 case

BY: - April 27, 2022

A Blue Springs resident and member of the far-right extremist Proud Boys on Wednesday pleaded guilty to obstructing police officers during the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump attempting to overturn his electoral defeat. Louis Enrique Colon, 45, pleaded guilty to civil disorder. Colon is a […]

KC police investigating whether officers violated law by allowing Greitens ride-along

BY: - April 27, 2022

The Kansas City Police Department is conducting a criminal investigation of the Friday ride-along by former Gov. Eric Greitens as a possible violation of a 1940s law enacted to root out political corruption linked to notorious political boss Tom Pendergast. All the department’s records surrounding the ride-along are closed because they are now part of […]

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Missouri Supreme Court lets St. Louis, Jackson County challenge controversial gun law

BY: - April 26, 2022

The Missouri Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that St. Louis and Jackson County may challenge the constitutionality of a law passed last year barring Missouri police from enforcing federal gun regulations. In a 6-1 decision, Missouri’s highest court sent a case about the Second Amendment Preservation Act back to Cole County Circuit Court. That’s where […]

Missouri Supreme Court reaffirms ruling on 2015 law capping revenue from court fines

BY: - April 26, 2022

Following the 2014 uprising in Ferguson, the U.S. Department of Justice found that city’s police department and municipal court had intentionally worked together to increase revenue through fines and traffic tickets. Responding to public outcry, Missouri legislators passed a law limiting the amount of revenue St. Louis County municipalities can collect from court fines to […]

Attorney calls Eric Greitens subpoenas ‘a fishing expedition’ during Boone County hearing

BY: - April 26, 2022

A Boone County judge will rule soon, perhaps by this week, whether former Gov. Eric Greitens will get access to his ex-wife Sheena Greitens’ telephone records as he attempts to prove his political enemies are behind explosive allegations of spousal and child abuse. Associate Circuit Judge Leslie Schneider said at the end of a hearing […]