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442 ABA Journal Missouri articles.

Video testimony violated defendant’s Sixth Amendment right of confrontation, top state court rules

A recent decision on video testimony by the Missouri Supreme Court is raising questions about criminal convictions obtained using video testimony during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Judge exonerates Missouri prisoner after 43 years in prison; this law made it possible

A Kansas City, Missouri, man who spent 43 years in prison for a triple murder has been released after a judge ruled Tuesday that he was wrongfully convicted.

5th Circuit temporarily stays OSHA’s vaccine mandate for larger employers

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at New Orleans on Saturday granted an emergency motion to stay the federal government’s vaccine mandate for larger employers pending expedited judicial review.

Litigants claiming GEICO auto policy covers STD from car sex can’t proceed anonymously, judge rules

A car owner and his sexual partner can’t keep their names secret in litigation over their claim that GEICO’s auto and umbrella policies cover damages for a sexually transmitted disease contracted during sex in the insured car.

St. Louis lawyers who brandished guns at passing protesters face possible license suspension

Updated: Married St. Louis lawyers Mark and Patricia McCloskey face possible discipline for brandishing guns as protesters marched past their home in a gated neighborhood in June 2020.

Weekly Briefs: More people apply to law school; gun-pointing lawyers pardoned

Law school applicants jump, along with high LSAT scores

The number of law school applicants jumped by 13% this year, the biggest hike since 2002. The data from the Law…

Cases challenging expired COVID-19 church restrictions fail in Supreme Court and 8th Circuit

A Maine church and Christian residents of a county in Missouri have failed in their lawsuits challenging COVID-19 restrictions that have since been lifted.

3 murder cases are dismissed in a week partly because of absent or unprepared prosecutors

The St. Louis circuit attorney’s office is struggling with high turnover and apparent issues with the case management, and that is having an impact on its ability to prosecute cases.

Lawyer who lobbed F-word at judge is sentenced to jail time

A St. Louis County lawyer has been sentenced to a week in jail for directing the F-word toward a judge during a hearing in a medical malpractice case.

8th Circuit must reconsider case of shackled inmate who died after prone restraint, SCOTUS says

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday told a federal appeals court to take another look at a case of an inmate who died after correctional officers applied pressure to his back while he lay shackled on the floor.

Afternoon Briefs: SCOTUS overturns another agency structure; corporate diversity suit allowed

Supreme Court rules FHFA structure is unconstitutional

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the structure of the Federal Housing Finance Agency is unconstitutional because its director can only be…

Several minutes into 9th Circuit online hearing, lawyer realizes he’s arguing the wrong case

Social Security claimants lawyer Chad Hatfield didn’t realize his goof until several minutes into an argument last Monday before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at San Francisco.

Arizona reportedly prepares gas chamber for execution by cyanide, the gas used at Auschwitz

Arizona officials have “gone to considerable lengths to revive the state’s mothballed gas chamber,” according to a recently released report by the Guardian.

Plaintiff who alleges hip implant injuries must turn over Fitbit data, federal judge rules

A plaintiff who alleges that he was injured by a defective hip implant must turn over data from his Fitbit to the defendant, a federal judge ruled Monday.

Inmate seeking firing-squad execution denied cert; dissent says court ‘chooses to stand idly by’

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear the case of a Missouri death row inmate who is seeking execution by firing squad rather than lethal injection.

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