“These aren’t about safety. These are about bringing in moneys to the coffers of these small municipalities and they’re just balancing their budgets on the backs of taxpayers”
A group of St. Louis attorneys says the old adage “do the crime, do the time” doesn’t always make sense.
“All I would like [the judge] to do is dismiss the citation, dismiss the fine,” Robert Renna says. He estimates the cans he was collecting that day were worth about six to nine dollars.
The Missouri legislation is one of the boldest examples yet of what has become a nationwide movement among states to nullify or ignore federal laws with which local officials disagree.
The court spent several hours discussing whether sex offenders and people with gun and drug convictions should face further “retrospective” charges after they’ve been sentenced.
The laws signed by Gov. Pat Quinn vary from harsher punishments for repeat offenders to requiring schools to take action to prevent dating violence among teenagers.
A Boone County Circuit Court judge recently rejected the National Council on Teacher Quality’s efforts to compel release of copies of course syllabuses under the state’s open records laws.
The American Civil Liberties Union alleges that Morgan County officials are violating people’s constitutional rights by confiscating mail sent to jail detainees.
The federal prosecutor in St. Louis said Tuesday in a release that 26-year-old Carl Mathews was sentenced to 10 years in prison for forcing two women into prostitution.
According to prosecutors, Dr. Wit Jamry billed St. Louis patients for services at times when he wasn’t in town or even in the United States.