A Missouri woman has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the case of a fatal car accident that she was not directly involved in.
In keeping with a recent trend of easing mandatory minimum sentencing laws for minors, the Supreme Court handed down a decision today saying that state legislatures cannot mandate life sentences without parole for juvenile offenders.
In our last post we discussed a college baseball player who contested his DWI charge. Dash camera tape revealed that police had faslified the arrest report that led to the charge, and the player's charges were dropped. It may be impossible to specualte as to why the officer entered a false report, but the fact remains that any report of drunk driving can have serious reprecussions.
In our last post we discussed an increased enforcement focus on boating while intoxicated in Missouri. This is certainly a serious issue and BWI or DWI charges can have signficant consequences for people who are accused or convicted. Even for individuals who are not convicted, a DWI charge can have a major affect on their future, especially if it was widely publicized.
Many Missouri residents like to enjoy a nice cold beer on a hot day while they're on out a boat. It seems harmless enough to crack a cold one and take a dip this summer, but boaters should be aware that law enforcement officers are on the lookout.
In our last post we discussed a recent appeals court decision ruling that saliva, or more generally any body part, cannot be considered a deadly weapon. The court in that case found that anything that "comes with" a person cannot be considered deadly under the laws in New York, where the case was tried. The decision spoke to the issue of whether a person who is HIV positive is held to a different standard of conduct based on fact that they have the virus.
A panel of judges ruled this week that law enforcement officers may not consider any body part to be a deadly weapon. The case that was being reviewed was an aggravated assault conviction for an HIV positive man who bit a police officer.
Many St. Louis residents post extensive personal information on Facebook each day, with the intention of sharing that information with their friends. Facebook profiles contain a wealth of information on where someone has been, who they were with, what their mood was like, often with photo accompaniments. While many people keep their pages private, constantly changing privacy standards on the site can make it difficult to keep your information under lock and key at all times.
Two more people have been sentenced in a large-scale biker gang case. One man from St. Louis and another member of the same alleged motorcycle gang were convicted and sentenced in a racketeering conspiracy case that affected a total of 18 people connected with the group. The charges for the St. Louis man centered on his alleged activities as a leader of the group. The other man was supposedly involved in some altercations outside of nightclubs.