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 ...Read More »
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 ...Read More »
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. ...Read More »
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 ...Read More »
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 ...Read More »
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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St. Louis attorney picked as MU curator COLUMBIA (AP)Â 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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