Court: Missouri May Keep Execution Drug Provider SecretThe supplier insisted in court filings since the Sept. 2 ruling that it no longer would provide pentobarbital to Missouri or any other state if its anonymity vanishes.
Illinois Joins State Bans on Judges Routinely Shackling KidsThe rule changes in Illinois stress that the default position by judges should not be to shackle children and that an order to restrain a child defendant can only be issued after a judge determines they pose a threat to himself or herself or to others.
Illinois Consider New Rules on Shackling Juveniles in CourtAdvocates for new rules that would make the shackling of juveniles in Illinois courtrooms less common say current practices can be degrading and counterproductive.
Circuit Court Judge Proposes Plan to Handle Gun CrimesCircuit Court Judge Michael Mullen's plan will funnel most gun crime cases before three select judges.He says it will be faster but not necessarily tougher.
Retired Judges Argue for Back Pay to Missouri Supreme CourtLawyers for the judges argued they should receive back pay and an increase in retirement benefits as a result.
Slay Pushes Special Court for Violent OffendersMayor Francis Slay says he has discussed with judges about a special court to handle criminals who use guns.
St. Louis Judges Give Felons Probation in 61 Percent of CasesNew numbers obtained by KMOX reveal how often it's happening in St. Louis City.
Soft Gun Crime Sentences has Attention of State Prosecutors GroupA statewide proseuctors group is weighing in a report that 62 percent of the gun cases before judges in St. Louis are resulting in probation.
Judges' New Gun Docket Gives Out More Probation Than Prison Time"We arrest criminals and they say 'I'm not worried about it. I got paper. I got probation the first time, and I'll get paper the second time,'" complained a frustrated Police Chief Sam Dotson.
Dotson: Plenty of Blame for Violent Crime Increase to Go AroundDotson says a lack of help for those dealing with issues that lead to crime are leaving police alone on the front lines.
St. Louis Mayor Slay Meets with Judges About Stricter SentencesSt. Louis Mayor Francis Slay says at least some judges are hearing his concerns - stricter sentences for violent offenders is what he wants to see.
Study: 40 Percent of Gun Cases in Circuit Attorney's Office DroppedA study finds most suspects arrested for gun charges in the city of St. Louis never go to prison because of a loophole in state gun laws or the kindness of judges.

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