424 ABA Journal Missouri articles.

Mindfulness training helped 1Ls reduce stress and improve well-being, study finds

First-year law students at the University of Missouri who volunteered for mindfulness training saw improvements in stress, well-being and mindful awareness, according to a study chronicled in a law review…

Judge blocks closing of state’s only abortion clinic with TRO

A St. Louis judge has issued a temporary restraining order that blocks the closing of Missouri’s only remaining abortion clinic.

Judge Michael Stelzer granted the request for the TRO…

Accompanied by armed deputies, judge removes circuit clerk from office

A circuit clerk in Lincoln County, Missouri, who sued three local judges says she was literally ousted from her office Tuesday.

The clerk, Karla Allsberry, says in a statement that…

Number of prisoners hits 9-year low, but some states are resisting the trend
The number of people in U.S. prisons fell to a nine-year low of just under 1.5 million last year, a 1.3 percent decrease, according to a report released recently by the nonprofit Vera Institute of Justice.
Supreme Court liberals criticize majority’s ‘middle of the night’ decision lifting execution stay
The U.S. Supreme Court has lifted a stay that blocked the execution of an Alabama man who sought to die by nitrogen hypoxia. The action prompted a dissent by the court’s liberals, who criticized the “middle of the night” decision that didn’t allow for discussion Friday morning.
Special veterans courts see little money, little demand
Eric Gonzalez says he doesn’t remember getting pulled over, nor does he remember evading his arrest in Fullerton, California. The only thing he knows is that he woke up very hungover and faced up to nine years in prison for assaulting a police officer, along with five other charges.
Parole process puts too many people back behind bars, Missouri lawsuit says
Stephanie Gasca was eight months pregnant when Missouri parole officials took her to jail. She had recently left a drug rehab program early, but she says she didn’t know there was a rule against that. She says she didn’t know she had the right to an attorney. She did know she was desperate not to have her baby in jail and wanted to go home. So when days later her parole officer handed her a form to waive the first of two hearings, she signed it, thinking it would speed the process. It didn’t. Instead, she was transferred to prison.
One way to deal with cops who lie? Blacklist them, some DAs say
In the racially divided city of St. Louis, the chief prosecutor has embraced a controversial tool to hold police accountable: blacklisting cops who she says are too untrustworthy to testify in court.
See the video: Lawyer in bathrobe serves up proper way to eat cereal in online ad

A St. Louis lawyer in a bathrobe dishes on “milk displacement theory” and the dangers of mixing Cocoa Puffs and Fruity Pebbles in a video that mentions his law firm…

State and governor can’t be sued over public defender caseloads, 8th Circuit says

Missouri and its governor have immunity in a suit claiming indigent defendants in the state aren’t receiving meaningful representation in violation of the Sixth Amendment, a federal appeals court has…

Poacher must watch ‘Bambi’ at least once per month while in jail, judge says

A Missouri judge has sentenced a poacher to watch the movie Bambi at least once per month while in jail for illegally killing deer.

Judge Robert George of Lawrence County…

PACs have freedom of speech and association, 8th Circuit says in allowing transfers between PACs

A federal appeals court has ruled that a Missouri law banning donations between political action committees violates the First Amendment.

The St. Louis-based 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

New York AG issues subpoenas to state’s 8 Catholic dioceses in sex abuse investigation

The New York attorney general’s office on Thursday issued subpoenas to the states’ eight Catholic dioceses less than a month after the release of a Pennsylvania grand jury report

St. Louis prosecutor won’t take cases from 28 police officers; union seeks TRO

After St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner announced her agency would no longer accept criminal cases from 28 city police officers due to “credibility issues,” their union on Tuesday sought…

Split over hair: Proponents of deregulation seek to untangle laws on hair braiding

Carefully layering one tiny strand of hair over another, Tameka Stigers has spent years honing her talent for African-inspired, natural hair braiding.

The style she currently specializes in, delicate little…

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