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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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No Constitutional Right To Grow Marijuana

St. Louis City police detectives went to Shanklin’s residence after a “utility inquiry” showed excessive electricity use, consistent with marijuana cultivation. The police discovered more than 300 live marijuana plants, several hundred grams of packaged marijuana, a mesh dryer, and … Continue reading

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Sex Stereotyping Is Gender Discrimination

In the last two years, the Court of Appeals for the Western District of Missouri (Western District) has decided three significant cases, all interrelated, dealing with gender discrimination, gender identity and sex stereotyping. The latest, decided by the Western District … Continue reading

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Eastern District Issues Landmark Decision Upholding The Power Of Home Rule Cities To Tax Without A Grant From General Assembly

The opinion in Neuner v City of St. Louis is one for the ages.  It is the most significant opinion, with respect to constitutional home rule powers, since the adoption of the 1971 amendmenOnt to the Missouri Constitution granting constitutional … Continue reading

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Eighth Circuit Upholds Minnesota Law Prohibiting Robocalls

It is hard to find anything more annoying or despised than robocalls. Recently the Eighth Circuit in Gresham v. Swanson, upheld a Minnesota law prohibiting robocalls against a free speech challenge.  The Petitioner in the Minnesota case sought a preliminary … Continue reading

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Westboro Baptist Church Redux    

Westboro Baptist Church is like a bad penny. You know the punch line. It keeps showing up. So here’s another Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals decision,  in a long line of  Eighth Circuit, Westboro Baptist Church cases, upholding an Iowa state … Continue reading

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Harris–Stowe State University Gets Hit With Five Million Dollar Racial Discrimination Lawsuit

Harris–Stowe State University (Harris–Stowe), located in the City of St. Louis, recently lost an employment discrimination case based on reverse discrimination (black on white) where the jury awarded over $5 million dollars  in compensatory damages,   punitive damages and attorney … Continue reading

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