Activists in St. Louis have requested that a circuit court investigate and remove St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch for conducting the grand jury into Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson’s killing of Michael Brown in an “arbitrary manner and in bad faith.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday January 18, 2015 6:00 pm|
|By: Peterr Saturday October 4, 2014 9:20 am|
Missouri took a big step toward full marriage equality yesterday, as Judge J. Dale Youngs in the 16th Circuit Court of Jackson County (Kansas City) ruled on the state’s ban on recognizing out-of-state marriages between two men or two women.
This was a case in which both sides stipulated to the facts (yes, these couples have marriage licenses issued properly by other jurisdictions, and yes, they have standing to sue) and the only argument was about the interpretations of law that governed these facts.
|By: Kit OConnell Thursday August 28, 2014 8:00 pm|
Jon Stewart returned from a brief hiatus with a brilliant take down of the racially charged Ferguson coverage in the media, primarily on FOX News.
Not that they are the only offenders.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday August 25, 2014 8:54 am|
A small nonprofit organization, which provides “holistic legal advocacy” to poverty-stricken residents in St. Louis County, didn’t believe their clients when they claimed they were being incarcerated for not paying fines, targeted for being black and poor and denied access to municipal courts, particularly when they brought their children with them. The organization decided to conduct a “court watching” program and observed about 60 different courts. It produced a report that largely confirmed the allegations of clients.
In the aftermath of the killing of unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, the report [PDF] from ArchCity Defenders has been receiving attention for the critical context it provides.
|By: Kit OConnell Saturday August 23, 2014 8:00 am|
On Aug. 5, Missouri residents voted on the state’s Right-to-Farm, Amendment 1, a new addition to the state’s bill of rights. The results were extremely close: 498,751 voted in favor of the new amendment, while 496,223 opposed it. With a difference of less than half a percent, a recount is almost certain.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday August 18, 2014 2:35 pm|
One thing authorities in Ferguson have not done to try and calm the anger is arrest Officer Darren Wilson for allegedly shooting and killing Michael Brown.
|By: DSWright Monday August 18, 2014 6:49 am|
Ferguson, Missouri is still in chaos as protests ran through a Sunday night curfew. Police officers were recorded threatening to mace one reporter and shoot another. Tear gas was fired on demonstrators as Missouri Governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency and has now activated the Missouri National Guard.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday August 12, 2014 1:23 pm|
Police clad in riot gear fired rubber bullets and tear gas at predominantly black residents near a QuikTrip in Ferguson, Missouri. They were protesting the killing of an unarmed black teen shot by police on Saturday. It was the same QuikTrip that was set on fire and looted on Sunday night.
|By: Peterr Saturday April 12, 2014 9:14 am|
Ah, the heritage of the Confederacy. The South may have surrendered at Appomattox, but the war continues to be fought — and not just in the South, and not just by southerners. But of course, that’s where we need to start…
Earlier this week, Virginia’s Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that he would not be issuing any kind of proclamation making April “Confederate History Month” in his state, unlike several of his recent Republican predecessors. Among certain parts of the citizenry, that did not go over well.
|By: Peterr Saturday February 8, 2014 9:06 am|
After the Supreme Court struck down DOMA in US v Windsor, same sex couples in states like Missouri that discriminate against them are treading through a maze of conflicting state and federal laws and regulations. In Missouri, Gov. Jay Nixon has issued an executive order to cut through this mess with respect to filing state taxes, and the Missouri GOP has reacted in very predictable ways.
Can you say “articles of impeachment”? Sure you can.