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Is Missouri meshuga?

Foes wonder if the state is crazy to regulate kosher compliance

Is it kosher for a state agency to be the arbiter of what products meet the precise standards of Jewish dietary laws? A rabbi in Georgia doesn't think so and is challenging his state's kosher law in court. A similar law in Missouri - unknown even to some in the Jewish community - could be the next legal target.

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ACLU threatens suit over funeral protest laws

The ACLU is putting cities that ban protests at funerals on notice. The American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri and Westboro Baptist Church have sued six cities and sent letters to 15 municipalities threatening litigation unless they repeal their funeral protest ordinances. Thanks to the letters and lawsuits, funeral protest laws started falling last week in the St. Louis area. Maplewood repealed its ordinance Tuesday and O'Fallon and Wentzville council members and aldermen considered bills that would repeal theirs. The Village of Riverview has a vote on repealing its ban scheduled for an Aug. 27 board of trustees meeting.

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ACLU divided after member uses N-word

A longtime board member of the ACLU of Eastern Missouri has not been reappointed because of his repeated use of the N-word, according to a report in Missouri Lawyers Weekly, a sister publication. Dr. William Landau, an 85-year-old neurologist at ...

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N-word prompts upheaval at ACLU

The n-word is incendiary. Dr. William Landau (pictured) says he understands this. Still, he didn't anticipate that his use of the racial epithet at an ACLU post-election function would eventually end his more than half-century association with the St. Louis chapter. And he couldn't have known that Burton Newman, an ACLU general counsel, would be ousted along the way, leading to a wave of resignations from the group's legal committee.

This article is for Missouri Lawyers Weekly subscribers. Subscribers to The Countian, The Daily Record and The St. Louis Daily Record can click here to read a condensed version.

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