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Masterpiece Cakeshop Not Required To Bake Wedding Cake For Gay Couple

Masterpiece Cakeshop is a Colorado bakery owned and operated by Jack Phillips, an expert baker and devout Christian.  In 2012, he told a same-sex couple that he would not create a cake for their wedding celebration because of his religious … Continue reading

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Search Warrant Required To Track Suspect Using Cell Phone/Tower Technology

In a landmark decision the United States Supreme Court held that the Fourth Amendment, prohibiting unreasonable searches, required a search warrant by the government to obtain historical cell phone tower records.This may be the most important case of the 2017 … Continue reading

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Sanctuary Cities – Federal Government Does Not Have Authority To Condition Grants To State And Local Government Based On Compliance With Federal Sanctuary City Policies

Two recent cases solidify the principle that state and local government play a large role in our federal system and that there are limits on how far the federal government can go in directing states and local governments to follow … Continue reading

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Pay Plan That Uses Prior Pay For Starting Pay Discriminates Against Women Under The Equal Pay Act

Judge Reinhardt, of the Ninth Circuit, starts his opinion in Rizo v. Yovino, with a roar. The Equal Pay Act stands for a principle as simple as it is just: men and women should receive equal pay for equal work … Continue reading

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Does Title VII of the Civil Rights Act Prohibit Employment Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation?

A gay couple married. The next day when they reported to work they were fired because they were gay. They had a constitutional right to get married  but no protection from  employment discrimination  based on  their sexual  preference. Sounds widely … Continue reading

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Search Warrant Not Required to Search Abandoned Cell Phone

Both the United States and Missouri Supreme Courts require a search warrant for a police officer to search a cell phone, except in certain circumstance. One well-recognized exception to this rule is exigent circumstances, defined as “whether the facts… would lead … Continue reading

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High Speed Police Chase Highlights The Need For Risk Management Training

Risk Management Municipal officials are charged with setting policy for local governmental operations ranging from highly complex situations, like training  for the high-speed chase described below, that resulted in serious injury to an innocent person that cost the Kansas City … Continue reading

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