The City of Springfield filed suit today against the Greene County Sheriff’s Office over the housing of inmates for the city. The three count Petition seeks declaratory judgment, injunction and specific performance. You can read the petition here.
Successfully defended a 74 year old woman who obtained at trial a judgment for periodic maintenance after her 60 year old husband left her, ending their 30+ year marriage. Husband appealed. Judgment affirmed. She won’t have to live out her golden years penniless.
Whether you are a criminal, someone wrongfully accused, a well-wisher or onlooker, this web comic, The Illustrated Guide to Law, has a way of simplifying and explaining a lot of nuts and bolts of basic criminal law. Not everything applies in Missouri as it’s written by a New York lawyer. A lot of it is useful to understand why, “They dint read my rights,” doesn’t necessarily mean you get a free pass, why it’s a good idea to go to rehab if you need it, and why not every patrolman with a radar gun is guilty of entrapment.
“The Constitution promises liberty to all within its reach…”
In Obergefell v. Hodges, the Court recognizes a right under the Fourteenth Amendment to a marriage license for same sex couples.
The Center for Constitutional Rights and the National Lawyers Guild publish The Jailhouse Lawyer’s Handbook. It is full of information for prisoners and families of inmates about the rights of the incarcerated and how to protect them. How can we expect prisoners to emerge to be law-abiding citizens if their jailers are allowed to break the law?
After preparing and presenting materials at a couple seminars on updates on Family Law, I am maintaining a page of new cases related to Family Law in Missouri. Check in from time to time or search the page if you have an issue.
If you have a Missouri driver license suspension, revocation or denial other than a 5 or 10 year denial and you need to drive for work or other important reasons, you may be eligible for a limited driving privilege (LDP).
There are two routes to an LDP: 1) File Form 4595 with the Missouri Department of Revenue or 2) File a Petition with the courts. You can file the form yourself. If that doesn’t work out you can hire a lawyer to ask the court to take a second look at it. There may be a strict time limitation to do so, so you should involve a lawyer early on if you can.
The US Supreme Court handed down a decision today, Rodriguez v. United States, that says police officers cannot extend a traffic stop in order to subject its occupants to a drug dog sniff without specific reasons to suspect contraband.
UPDATE: After U.S. Supreme Court vacates judgment and remands for further consideration, Eighth Circuit says despite SCOTUS ruling, Defendant gets convicted anyways. Opinion here.
I look forward to seeing my colleagues there and catching up.
A lawyer in Jefferson City, Missouri, Randy England, wrote a series
on his blog about jury nullification. Interesting topic. I thought his remarks worth repeating.
“My hat is off to you, Jason, for tackling a tough case, going all the way to the Supremes, all for something more than a nickel and less than a dime!!
You did plow the trail very well, long and hard, and for a good client, on sound reasons, even if the record is now far from the public eye, it’s in the records forever.
In my book, your efforts are right up there with Atticus, well done, Sir!”
— A respected colleague
“I appreciate everything you done for us. I feel like I was extremely represented well in this case. Thank you for all the work you done.” — Happy Client
I have been invited to speak at the Missouri Bar Annual Law Update on the topic of Family Law on June 4, 2015 at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites in Springfield. I look forward to catching up with my colleagues and catching up on the latest developments in Family Law.
A study released this month by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration calls into question the long-assumed connection between marijuana and automobile crashes.
“This analysis shows that the significant increased risk of crash involvement associated with THC … is not found…”
Missouri law criminalizes driving “under the influence of” drugs. But if NHTSA now tells us marijuana use is not correlated with crash risk, is it just a matter of time until a defense lawyer argues his client’s driving wasn’t influenced at all?