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May 02, 2015 Baltimore Prosecutor Faces National History of Police Acquittals

QUOTE: Brutality cases against police officers are notoriously difficult to win...whatever case prosecutors make will have to overcome the inherent deference to police officers that most jurors take with them to the courtroom, experts said.

New York Times
Apr 07, 2015 The double-standard of making the poor prove they’re worthy of government benefits [Wonkblog]

QUOTE: We rarely make similar demands of other recipients of government aid. We don't drug-test farmers who receive agriculture subsidies...

Washington Post
Sep 03, 2014 How municipalities in St. Louis County, Mo., profit from poverty

QUOTE: Jackson County has just 19 municipalities, and just 15 municipal courts — less than a quarter of municipalities and courts in St. Louis County. Some of the towns in St. Louis County can derive 40 percent or more of their annual revenue from the petty fines and fees collected by their municipal courts....white people didn’t just flee St. Louis, they used whatever tools were at their disposal to prevent black people from joining them, including race-restrictive deeds and covenants until they were struck down in 1947, segregation until it was struck down in 1954, real estate pacts, and finally zoning laws.

Washington Post
Oct 19, 2013 High School Sexual Assault Case Is Revisited, Haunting Missouri Town

QUOTE: Ever since The Kansas City Star ran a long article last Sunday raising new questions about the Nodaway County prosecutor’s decision to drop charges against a 17-year-old football player accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl, the simplicity of small-town life here has been complicated by a storm of negative attention.

New York Times
Dec 18, 2012 When is social-media use a crime?

QUOTE: Despite the disturbing nature of some social-media messages about the shootings, several legal experts contacted by CNN questioned whether Connecticut authorities could successfully bring charges against whoever posted them.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Nov 26, 2008 Verdict in MySpace Suicide Case

QUOTE: A federal jury here issued what legal experts said was the country’s first cyberbullying verdict Wednesday, convicting a Missouri woman of three misdemeanor charges of computer fraud for her involvement in creating a phony account on MySpace to trick a teenager, who later committed suicide.

New York Times
May 15, 2008 Woman indicted in deadly MySpace hoax

QUOTE: Prosecutors allege that Drew and the others violated MySpace's terms of service by using false information to create the account so they could "harass, abuse or harm" Meier, according to the indictment.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Jan 27, 2008 Fairness On the Ballot

QUOTE: defenders of racial preferences, such as the politicians who administer and benefit from Missouri's racial spoils system. The crux of the Missouri Civil Rights Initiative (MoCRI) would amend that state's constitution to say: "The state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education or public contracting."

Washington Post
Nov 28, 2007 A Hoax Turned Fatal Draws Anger but No Charges

QUOTE: In response to the events, the local Board of Aldermen on Wednesday unanimously passed a measure making Internet harassment a misdemeanor punishable by up to a $500 fine and 90 days in jail.

New York Times
Sep 29, 2006 When can cops seize your computer? (Police blotter)

QUOTE: Police seize computer without a warrant after husband declines permission but then wife consents...Court decides that computer seizure was illegal and sends case back to trial judge for further proceedings.
Aug 10, 2006 Voter Suppression in Missouri

QUOTE: Missouri’s new ID rules — and similar ones adopted last year in Indiana and Georgia — are intended to deter voting by blacks, poor people and other groups that are less likely to have driver’s licenses.

New York Times
Jul 15, 2006 Missouri Says It Can't Hire Doctor for Executions

QUOTE: [A federal judge--Ed.] demanded an overhaul of the system after the doctor who now mixes the drugs for the state described an improvised process that Judge Gaitan found so chilling that he temporarily barred executions in Missouri.

New York Times
Oct 26, 2004 Partisan Suspicions Run High in Swing States: Democrats say the GOP aims to disenfranchise the poor and minorities. Republicans counter with claims of voter registration fraud.

QUOTE: ...the extraordinarily rancorous and mistrustful atmosphere that pervades battleground states in the final days of the presidential campaign....Democrats and Republicans seem convinced their opponents are bent on stealing the election.

Los Angeles Times
Sep 20, 2004 Voter Probes Raise Partisan Suspicions: Democrats, Allies See Politics Affecting Justice Department's Anti-Fraud Efforts

QUOTE: [Democrats--Ed.] charge that announcing criminal investigations within weeks of an election -- as was done in New Mexico on Sept. 7 -- is likely to scare legitimate voters away from the polls.

Washington Post
May 24, 2002 Justice Dept. Urged to Widen Fla. Probe: Groups: Voter List Purges An Issue

QUOTE: Some civil rights groups complained yesterday that the [Justice Dept.] inquiry should tackle a more controversial issue: Florida's purge of voter registration lists, which allegedly denied many minority voters access to the ballot box in November 2000.

Washington Post
Aug 20, 2001 Debate Over a National Monument Emphasizes Old West-new West Divide

QUOTE: ...proclamation signed by President Bill Clinton in January that turned this rugged, sparsely settled region dotted with cattle and nuclear missile silos into the Missouri Breaks National Monument...created at the end of his term.

New York Times
Aug 18, 2001 Prosecutors Say Greed Drove Pharmacist to Dilute Drugs

QUOTE: Federal investigators say hundreds of cancer patients may have received treatment that was drastically weaker than what their doctors had intended.

New York Times
Jul 27, 2001 Many States Ceding Regulations to Church Groups

QUOTE: ...religious organizations have been seeking and winning exemptions from other areas of the law, from land-use regulations to health requirements, like immunization.

New York Times