Category: Legal

Pardon does not allow felons to run for elected office, court rules

Even with a gubernatorial pardon, pleading guilty to a felony renders that person ineligible to run for elected office, according to a ruling handed down by a district appellate court. The Missouri Court of Appeals for the Western District on Tuesday affirmed the judgement of the Linn County Circuit Court barring Joshua Fay from running for Associate Circuit Judge. Fay, when he was 17-years-old, pled guilty to three felony offenses in February 1995: two counts […]

Judge denies Planned Parenthood request for injunction, medication abortions still limited in Show-Me State

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Planned Parenthood will not be allowed to provide medication-induced abortions at the Springfield or Columbia clinics housed in Missouri, as per a Monday ruling from a federal judge. U.S. District Judge Beth Phillips denied a request from Planned Parenthood Great Plains and Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri for a preliminary injunction blocking enforcement of the regulations. The lawsuit lists the state Department of Health and Senior Services, which licenses […]

Barnes urges state to withhold payment for Greitens’ two impeachment attorneys

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri taxpayers should not be on the hook for more than $150,000 in legal fees for two attorneys hired to hold potential impeachment proceeding, according the chairman of the panel investigating then-Governor Eric Greitens. In a letter sent to Office of Administration Commissioner Sarah Steelman on June 11 Rep. Jay Barnes states that Greitens should be held liable for the bills of the lawyers he used for his own personal purposes. […]

St. Louis attorney alleging A New Missouri in violation of state’s nonprofit laws

A St. Louis attorney is asking the Secretary of State’s Office to investigate if a charity tied former Governor Eric Greitens is in violation of Missouri’s law on nonprofit corporations. In a letter sent to the Secretary of State’s Office on June 11, 2018, Elad Gross, an attorney in the city, is alleging that A New Missouri, Inc., is not maintaining a registered office as required under state statute. “A New Missouri, Inc., has failed […]

Governor Parson announces appointments to the State Board of Education

Today, Governor Mike Parson appointed Carol Hallquist and Peter Herschend to the State Board of Education. “We owe it to our students to provide the best, high quality public education in Missouri,” said Governor Parson. “It was important to act quickly to restore and provide functionality to the State Board of Education. We expect the Board will begin conducting a diligent national search, to find a capable, qualified candidate to serve as Missouri’s Commissioner of […]

Galloway, Dixon call for legislature to push forward with ethics and corruption fighting legislation

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway and State Senator Bob Dixon are calling on the Missouri General Assembly to advance legislation to hold public officials accountable and crack down on official misconduct. Sen. Dixon had sponsored legislation in the past legislative sessions that he said would give law enforcement more tools to deal with public officials who abuse the authority given to them by their respective offices. That legislation would have included greater penalties […]

Stenger signs executive order to “Ban the Box” on St. Louis County employment applications

PHOTO: St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger signs an executive order removing questions about a job candidate’s criminal history from initial applications for employment within county government on Monday at the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis. FERGUSON — Potential employees convicted of a crime seeking government employment will no longer have to check the box in St. Louis County. Under an executive order signed Monday at the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, County […]

Jackson County prosecutor declines to file new charges against former Missouri Governor Eric Greitens

KANSAS CITY — Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker will not file criminal invasion of privacy charges against former Missouri Governor Eric Greitens. Baker stated that her office did not have sufficient evidence to consider filing new charges in the Greitens case and that corroborating evidence for an invasion of privacy case was still missing. “I’m frustrated, but I also believe this is the right decision based on the facts and the law that we […]

Jefferson County officials warn of possible government shutdown

HILLSBORO, Mo. — Jefferson County officials are warning that a county-wide government shutdown could occur soon unless local lawmakers meet and find a way to balance the 2018 budget. In a press conference held Thursday at the Jefferson County Government Center, County Executive Ken Waller called for an emergency meeting with the county council at 6 p.m. Friday to address concerns regarding a budget amendment the county council recently passed after a veto override, which put the […]

Senator Jamilah Nasheed requests MoDOT reinstate license plate readers

JEFFERSON CITY — State Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, objects to the Missouri Department of Transportation’s removal of license plate readers (LPRs) from the City of St. Louis. The license plate readers were installed in St. Louis as a pilot program meant to last five years. To date, the LPR system has led to 149 arrests. Senator Nasheed is asking for the readers to be reinstated. “I am disappointed with MoDOT for ending this program […]