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Criminal Law: Batson Challenge-Text Messages-Expectation of Privacy

1)Where a defendant, who was convicted of charges including voluntary manslaughter, challenged the denial of his Batson challenge, the state gave appropriate, race-neutral reasons for striking an African American venireperson, and in a reverse-Batson issue, the trial court’s denial of ...

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Text-look case: No privacy for messages sent to third parties, appeals court rules

Western District

A Missouri appeals court has ruled for the first time that a person does not have a reasonable expectation of privacy when it comes to text messages the person sent to third parties. On Dec. 10, a three-judge panel of ...

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Criminal Law: Admission of Evidence-Text Messages-Drug Transactions

Where a defendant challenged the admission of text messages referring to alleged past drug transactions, the messages between the co-defendant and a third person were not hearsay, and the evidence was properly admitted under Rule 801(d)(2)(E). Judgment is affirmed. U.S. ...

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Got a weird text? A telecom vendor says it’s to blame

If you woke up to a weird text that seemed totally out of place, you aren’t alone. A mysterious wave of missives swept America’s phones overnight, delivering confusing messages from friends, family and the occasional ex. Friends who hadn’t talked ...

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Criminal Law: Consensual Encounter-Reasonable Suspicion-Text Messages

Where a defendant challenged the denial of a motion to suppress evidence found after he was questioned about a domestic disturbance and then arrested after the officers saw that he was standing on a bag of methamphetamine, the encounter was ...

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Judgment for $7.3M is based on texting

A $7.3 million judgment this week ended a lawsuit that, in an unusual turn, became a path-breaking case about harassment through text messages. The lawsuit was filed in 2007 and was, until just a day before the judgment was entered on Tuesday, largely based on claims of childhood sexual abuse. After a confidential agreement between the parties, the plaintiffs dropped that count, along with allegations of battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Joan, the mother of the plaintiff, shown in the background photo as a 13-year-old, said the lawsuit was the only way her family could end her son’s harassment by the defendant.

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‘Sexting’ prosecutions raise legal issues

Imagine you are the parent of a teenager, who most likely possesses a cellphone and access to the Internet. Combined with raging hormones, you have a recipe for “sexting” – the transmittal of nude or seminude photos through a cellphone. ...

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Legal Roundup

St. Louis attorney picked as MU curator COLUMBIA (AP)  A St. Louis attorney is Gov. Jay Nixon’s choice to fill one of three vacancies on the University of Missouri system’s Board of Curators. Fifty-one-year-old Don Downing is a former chief ...

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