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Judge approves former inmates’ class action over cash bonds

A group of former inmates can proceed with a class action against Lincoln County over the county’s practice of withholding portions of cash bonds to pay incarceration costs, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

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Class action aims to recoup cash bonds

Staff at the Lincoln County Justice Center in Troy will soon be scouring the facility looking for hand-written ledgers more than a decade old. At the behest of a federal lawsuit, they’ll be looking for records detailing payments the county plucked from cash bonds and applied to criminal defendants’ incarceration costs. In the federal suit, a potential class of criminal defendants alleges that long-held practice, which also crops up in Warren County and possibly other counties, amounts to “unlawful taking.”

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Teachers pursue legal, legislative remedies to counter social media law

Julie Gerding’s freshman honors English students will spend part of September parsing the murderous mystery of Edgar Allen Poe’s short story “The Cask of Amontillado.” But Gerding, a teacher at Parkway West High School in Ballwin, said she’s not sure if her students can log on to an online discussion forum to trade analyses of Poe’s vengeful protagonist.

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MU law professor Greg Scott dies

University of Missouri law professor Greg Scott collapsed yesterday and died of an apparent heart attack, said Jennifer Bukwosky, a Columbia attorney.

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Teachers challenge social media law

Missouri’s 44,000 public school teachers amount to a fraction of Facebook’s 750 million users, but a new law affecting teachers’ online activities might awaken the legal ire of the social media giant. That’s the opinion of the attorney representing the Missouri State Teacher’s Association in a legal challenge to SB54.

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Jury awards plaintiff in rear-end accident

A Greene County jury has sided with a UPS driver who claimed a car wreck caused injuries that will require him to take off about 10 days every year to undergo a special type of physical therapy.

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