Category Archives: Law and Policy

Missouri law and cases of interest.

No Search Warrant Required To Search Cell Phone If There Are Exigent Circumstances

Law tracks technology. A recent case, involving the Vermont State Police allowed the police to track a person suspected of murdering someone, without obtaining a search warrant, based upon exigent circumstances by pinging the suspect’s cell phone. In the Vermont … Continue reading

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Drug Testing For All Students Violates Constitution

It now seems that the efforts of Linn State, to establish a mandatory, suspicionless drug-testing program for all students has come to an end (assuming that the United States Supreme Court will not take this case).  A recent en banc … Continue reading

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Sanctuary Cities/Counties and Trump’s Executive Order

UPDATE ON SANCTUARY CITY LITIGATION – MARCH 31, 2017 On March 31, 2017 Lisa Sorbonne,  Executive Director of the State & Local Legal Center updated local governments on lawsuits involving  Sanctuary Jurisdictions Executive Order. “There are two possible outcomes of the lawsuits, … Continue reading

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Can the Police Search a Magnetic Tape on the Back of a Credit, Gift or Debit Card Without Obtaining a Search Warrant?

Recently, we have seen  an uptick in the number of cases involving  technology, particularly with respect to whether or not a search warrant is required in order for the police to gather evidence from an electronic storage  device. Frankly, I was … Continue reading

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Free Speech and City Ordinances

There is no subject in the law that confounds local government more than the issue of free speech. Naturally local government officials respond to citizen complaints like why aggressive panhandlers can seemingly threaten citizens with aggressive  solicitation tactics (particular tourists). … Continue reading

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Shaming – A New Way To Ferret Out Liars About Military Honors

There are many individuals who want to bask in the sunlight of fame and glory by dishonestly claiming they earned a medal or special honor serving their country. It is hard to imagine a more despicable person than one who … Continue reading

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 Stun Guns – Right To Bear Under The Second Amendment and The Use Of Excessive Force

Stun Guns Are Protected Under The Right To Bear Arms In a short opinion, the United States Supreme Court unanimously reversed a decision by the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, which upheld a Massachusetts law prohibiting the possession of a stun … Continue reading

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