Missiouri News Articles

Missouri Jail Guard Convicted of Assault for Urinating on Inmates - June 4, 2003 - A former guard who stood on a jail roof and urinated on four inmates playing basketball below was convicted of misdemeanor assault Wednesday.

WRONGLY IMPRISONED MAN SEEKS REFORMS - May 2, 2003 - It's been seven years since Kevin Green stood in a California courtroom and wept as a judge apologized for mistakes that put him behind bars for 16 years.  [These days] Green gives speeches to law classes and conventions, pleading with would-be police and prosecutors to focus more on facts than keeping score of convictions. He was invited to speak Thursday to Saint Louis University's Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice - a no-brainer for university criminology professor Chuck Terry. 

Prosecutors See Limits to Doubt in Capital Cases - February 24, 2003 - Judge Laura Denvir Stith seemed not to believe what she was hearing.  A prosecutor was trying to block a death row inmate from having his conviction reopened on the basis of new evidence, and Judge Stith, of the Missouri Supreme Court, was getting exasperated. "Are you suggesting," she asked the prosecutor, that "even if we find Mr. Amrine is actually innocent, he should be executed?"  Frank A. Jung, an assistant state attorney general, replied, "That's correct, your honor."

MPLU MISSOURI PRISON LABOR UNION - February 14, 2003 - The Missouri Prison Labor Union was organized by prisoners and supporters in the hope of bettering the living and working conditions in the state of Missouri prison system. One of our goals is to establish minimum wages for all prisoners in Missouri and to stop all prison abuse. We were lawfully given recognition by the Secretary of state in Missouri on August 3rd of 1998 and since our arrival on the scene, members have been subjected to all forms of abuse and harassment by the Missouri Department of Corrections and the prison officials of Potosi Correctional Center, Jefferson City Correctional Center and Crossroads correctional Center.

ANONYMOUS JURIES RAISE CONCERN: SECRECY GROWS MORE COMMON - December 13, 2002 - When Rule 27.09 goes into effect on Jan. 1, all jury  lists and questionnaires will remain under seal by Missouri courts at the conclusion of criminal proceedings. The parties and lawyers are barred from disclosure "except on application to the trial court and a showing of good cause."  California has enacted similar language, and a handful of other states -- including Colorado, Florida, Maryland, New York, Ohio, Texas and Wisconsin -- have debated similar proposals, according to research by Steven D. Zansberg of the Denver office of Minneapolis-based Faegre & Benson, who has written on the subject.