Author Archives: momunicipallaw

Civil Rights And Local Government

Privacy is Inherent in a Driver’s Statutory Right to Counsel In  Rosing v. Director of Revenue, the Missouri Supreme Court, held that the statutory right to attempt to contact an attorney included the right to speak to an attorney privately. … Continue reading

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Liability of City Officials

Flash Bang Policy – Should Be Reviewed Flash bangs are explosive devices, which can kill a person, especially a child, if it lands directly on them. “Police call them diversionary devices we call them bombs.” Law enforcement policy Should  check … Continue reading

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Missouri Supreme Court Recognizes Sex Discrimination Claim Based On Sex Stereotyping And Failure To Accommodate Transgender Student Who Wanted To Use Boys Bathroom In School

Introduction This last year was a breakout year, with respect to  the  Missouri  sex discrimination laws.  First, the Missouri Supreme Court,  held under the Missouri Human Rights Act (MHRA),  a plaintiff could state a  sex discrimination  claim based on sex stereotyping.  Second, … Continue reading

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Ethics and Conflict of Interest

Introduction The Missouri Supreme Court, reminded opposing counsel that it is unethical for an attorney to contact our clients when they are in an adversarial  role. Having a  club in hand, to remind attorneys who are in an adversarial position … Continue reading

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Sunshine Law – Knowing or Purposeful Violation

Local government officials, routinely process thousands of Sunshine Law requests without a hint of a problem. Occasionally, a request may lead to a dispute over whether or not the record is open or closed, which, for the most part, can … Continue reading

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Important Zoning Cases In 2018-2019

Introduction – This last year  was a good year for zoning cases, providing insights into how communities might deal with certain problems such as the difficult problem of allowing flexibility in your zoning ordinance, while at the same time retaining some … Continue reading

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How Does Missouri Law Compare To Minnesota Ban On Apparel Containing Messages Inside Voting Area that Was Declared Unconstitutional

In 2010, Advocates in Minnesota, planned to have supporters wear buttons to the polls printed with the words “Please I. D. Me,” a picture of an eye, and a telephone number and web address for Advocates. (Minnesota law does not … Continue reading

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