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Appeals court OKs pot measure, leaves health officials in lurch

In politically salient back-to-back rulings, the Missouri Court of Appeals Western District on Sept. 12 and 13 cleared the way for a recreational marijuana measure to appear on the November ballot and left in place a circuit court ruling that limits the ability of local health authorities to respond to the pandemic.

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DOJ probes racism allegations in Kansas City police force

The U.S. Department of Justice has opened an investigation into allegations of discrimination against Black officers by the Kansas City Police Department that reportedly begins during hiring and extends to promotions and discipline.

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Ashcroft pitches 10th Amendment redistricting theory to high court

Jay Aschcroft

As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear a high-profile case that could affect the ability of state courts to hear redistricting cases, Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft says the numerous groups weighing in on the underlying legal theory are missing the point.

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Western District says juvenile’s defiance of order not a crime 

Missouri Court of Appeals Western District

The Missouri Court of Appeals Western District overturned a juvenile’s commitment to state custody for disregarding a court order, finding that the statute he was alleged to have violated applies only to adults. 

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