Mary Ann McGivern says that her reasoned view regarding a material budget fix to Missouri’s governmental money woes might not fly with a number of residents, especially public officials. Rather than endorsing her ideas and promoting their implementation, she fears that state decision makers are more apt to simply deem her “a lunatic.”
Oxycodone formerly reigned. Cocaine followed that up. Other drugs have also centrally featured, including heroin and methamphetamine.
There is a discernible clamor of excitement on Capitol Hill this week, which is manifestly surprising owing to its sense of bipartisan hopefulness.
Missouri opponents of marijuana cultivation, possession or use to any degree needn't fear that a seminal legal change occurring yesterday will transform the state into a virtual Woodstock.
The Macarthur Foundation has noted the willingness of St. Louis County officials to implement criminal law reforms aimed at reducing prison costs and providing behind-bars alternatives to more offenders.
It passed through the Missouri Senate recently with unanimous agreement. State legislators now want to see Gov. Mike Parson affix his signature to a new would-be law that seeks to expand Missouri’s already successful drug courts program. A media article spotlighting the seminal legislation states that the state’s chief executive “is expected to sign the bill any day now.”
Many people across Missouri can likely hold their breath for 48 seconds. That is also about the time it takes for a stellar athlete to turn in a competitive 400-meter time.
Just imagine the sinking feeling and even sheer anxiety you would experience as a Missouri parent upon seeing your child tick the “yes” box indicating a criminal history on a college application form.
A prosecutorial team might be wishing in hindsight that it never followed through with a criminal case that is now being held up to some ridicule in the national press. Although that matter relates to an Ohio traffic stop and drug arrest, we spotlight its main details here for Missouri readers to underscore instructive points it makes concerning the important criminal law principle of probable cause.
As an intelligent Missouri resident, would you be bothered by an apparent police ability to summarily enter an apartment complex with a pack of dogs and have them engage in warrantless drug-focused sniffs at every doorway?