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Brief • March 17, 2017
Masters v. City of Independence, MO, Complaint, TASER cardiac arrest, 2016 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI WESTERN DIVISION BRYCE E. MASTERS, Plaintiff, v. CITY OF INDEPENDENCE, CHIEF OF POLICE TOM DAILEY, SGT. BRYCE BLACKMORE, TIMOTHY RUNNELS, TASER INTERNATIONAL, INC., and PATRICK “RICK” SMITH, ...
Article • March 10, 2017 • from PLN March, 2017
Filed under: Medication, Death Penalty
Judge Orders Missouri DOC to Disclose Names of Pharmacies that Supply Execution Drugs; Appellate Court Reverses by Lonnie Burton On March 21, 2016, a circuit court judge in Cole County, Missouri ruled in favor of several news media agencies and ordered the state’s Department of Corrections (DOC) to release the ...
Missouri Jail Detainee Becomes Comatose, Treated in Hospital for Three Weeks by Christopher Zoukis In September 2015, Bernard Scott, 44, was arrested for various traffic violations and jailed at the Pine Lawn, Mo. jail in St. Louis County. He was held on a $360 bond. While in detention he called ...
Missouri County Settles Suit Over Jail Prisoner’s Suicide for $260,000 by Last year, Lincoln County, Missouri agreed to pay $260,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by the family of a jail prisoner who committed suicide in 2011. On August 21, 2011, police from the City of Troy responded to a ...
Ferguson, Missouri Under Fire for Revenue-based Criminal Justice System by Christopher Zoukis Following 2014 protests in Ferguson, Missouri ignited by the killing of an unarmed black youth by a white police officer, some local law enforcement practices have been changed. The reforms were spurred, in large part, by a U.S. ...
Article • December 7, 2016 • from PLN December, 2016
Missouri: Habeas Corpus Granted to Prisoner Denied Jail Credit by A Missouri Court of Appeals granted a prisoner’s writ of habeas corpus and ordered him “immediately released from custody.” Before the state appellate court was the habeas petition of Andrew Kory. Kory was imprisoned on July 2, 2014 and charged ...
Article • December 7, 2016 • from PLN December, 2016
Missouri Governor Doesn’t Have to Serve as Public Defender by In a letter dated August 2, 2016, the director of Missouri’s Public Defender System called for Governor Jay Nixon – a licensed lawyer who was a four-term Attorney General before being elected governor – to represent an indigent defendant in ...
Article • October 27, 2016
Missouri Not Required to Disclose Identity of Doctor or Pharmacy Who Provide Drugs for Lethal Injections by Lonnie Burton In an 8-3 decision following an en banc hearing, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruled that the state of Missouri does not have to disclose the names ...
Article • October 27, 2016
Missouri Court of Appeals Upholds Termination of Prisoner's Parental Rights by Matthew Clarke B.E.G. (Father) appealed the termination of parental rights to two minor children whom he sexually abused. The court of appeals affirmed. Because he pled guilty to child molestation, Father was prohibited by section 211.038 R.S. Mo. from ...
Article • October 25, 2016
Eighth Circuit Finds No Constitutional Right to Communicate in Chinese by Lonnie Burton On August 15, 2016, the Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upheld the dismissal of a case filed by a Chinese-born Missouri state prisoner who had his mail to and from China repeatedly rejected by prison officials. ...
Judge Orders End to Recording of Attorney-Client Meetings at CCA’s Leavenworth Detention Center by Derek Gilna The Kansas Federal Public Defenders’ Office has challenged a scheme whereby officials at a detention center in Leavenworth, Kansas operated by Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) secretly video-recorded confidential attorney-client meetings. As a result, ...
Article • September 29, 2016
Filed under: Due Process
Missouri Supreme Court Invalidates Red Light Camera Ordinances by Mark Wilson The en banc Missouri Supreme Court held on August 18, 2015 that red light camera enforcement ordinances in three cities were invalid because they violated state law or due process. The City of St. Peters, Missouri enacted ordinance 4536, ...
Corizon Sued Over Death of Prisoner in St. Louis Jail by Matthew Clarke The St. Louis Lawyer's Group is helping the family of a man who died five days after arriving at the St. Louis Justice Center sue the jail's private medical services provider, Corizon. The suit alleges denial of ...
Article • September 7, 2016
Missouri Prisoner's Conviction for Assaulting Guard Upheld on Appeal by Lonnie Burton On May 24, 2016, the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, affirmed the conviction of a state prisoner charged with assaulting a Department of Corrections staff member. The length of the sentence imposed for the conviction was not ...
Publication • September 1, 2016
Filed under: Prison Reform, Parole, Probation
Missouri Policy Shortens Probation and Parole Terms, Protects Public Safety, PEW, 2016 A brief from Aug 2016 Missouri Policy Shortens Probation and Parole Terms, Protects Public Safety Individuals on community supervision can earn credits to reduce their sentences Overview In 2012, Missouri established an “earned compliance credits” policy that allows ...
Missouri Jail Head Receives Ten-Year Federal Sentence for Assaulting Prisoners by Matthew Clarke On July 13, 2011, a Missouri federal judge sentenced a former chief jailer to ten years in prison for violating the civil rights of prisoners and lying to the FBI. The jailer's daughter, a deputy sheriff, pleaded ...
Article • August 23, 2016
Missouri to Execute Death-Row Prisoners with Drug that Killed Michael Jackson by If propofol was lethal enough to kill the King of Pop. Missouri's Department of Corrections figures that it's sufficient to execute its death-row prisoners. State DOC officials announced in May that they were replacing their three-drug method for ...
Article • August 22, 2016
Federal District Court in Missouri Addresses Jail Newspaper Issue by A U.S. District Court in Western Missouri ruled in June 1980 on a § 1983 class action claim brought by Mark Alan Hutchings that alleged, among other things, First Amendment violations arising from the policy at Clay County Jail (CCJ) ...
Article • August 19, 2016
Eighth Circuit: Officers Who Tased Arrestee to Force Clothing Change Immune by On September 3, 2015, the Eighth Circuit court of appeals held that St. Ann, Missouri police officials who used a Taser on an arrestee after she refused to change into orange jail clothing were protected against suit by ...
Article • August 19, 2016
Filed under: Control Units
Eighth Circuit Holds Missouri Prisoner with Vacated Conviction May Not Sue for Being Placed in Solitary Confinement by Missouri prisoner Brent Ballinger was serving an eight-year sentence in the Missouri Department of Corrections (DOC) when a state judge granted his motion, pursuant to Missouri Supreme Court Rule 29.15(k), to vacate ...
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