Federal Prosecution of Gun Crimes, The New Mass Incarceration Tool?

In June 2015, the City of St. Louis announced that more homicide and gun possession cases would be turned over to federal prosecutors. This seemed to be an eerily familiar tactic of using demographics to covertly target a specific race for criminal prosecution and mass incarceration. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, Federal criminal … Continue reading Federal Prosecution of Gun Crimes, The New Mass Incarceration Tool?

December 2016 News

Below are news items from November 2016. For more current and breaking news items, see the main news page. 12-31-2016: Sweeping changes to Missouri's criminal code take effect Sunday Editorial note: Justice Dept: Louisiana parish jailed hundreds without charges or probable cause in past three years, including crime witnesses & their relatives, as part of practice … Continue reading December 2016 News

June 2016 News

Below are news items from June 2016. For more current and breaking news items, see the main news page. 6-30-2016: Messenger: Taking care of his friends becomes a Steve Stenger signature 6-30-2016: It Sure Looks Like Missouri Plans to Flagrantly Disregard SCOTUS’ Abortion Ruling 6-30-2016: In Fight Over Witness Information, St. Louis Prosecutors Turn to Public … Continue reading June 2016 News

February 2016 News

Below are news items from February 2016. For more current and breaking news items, see the main news page. 2-29-2016: Kids Are Facing Criminal Charges for Using Emoji 2-29-2016: St. Louis Judge Gives 60-Year Sentence for Gun Possession Editorial note: 60 years for gun possession is a ridiculous amount of time. In November we mentioned how gun … Continue reading February 2016 News

Library of Legal Articles

This page contains links to most court.rchp.com pages and a variety of informative and helpful legal articles. If you are an attorney and would like us to consider an article for publishing or republish in our library contact us with a description or link to the proposed article. If we use your article, we will, of course, list … Continue reading Library of Legal Articles

Municipal Court News

Below are links to news articles and stories about municipal courts and other related or relevant issues. The primary purpose of this site is to provide self-help legal information so people can represent themselves in court. St. Louis Ordinances | St. Louis County Ordinances | Other Missouri Municipal Ordinances | Missouri State Law | Federal Law | Understanding Missouri Courts | Legal Research for Non-Lawyers | History | Library of Legal … Continue reading Municipal Court News

Violence is a symptom of oppression and poverty

By Randall Hill "Your children ain't violent because they black" … "what are you putting in my malt liquor white boy? … "malt liquor is sold by white companies but only sold in black neighborhoods and you ain't checked it to see what's in it!" – Dick Gregory, 2008 State of the Black Union  The violence … Continue reading Violence is a symptom of oppression and poverty

“Get Out”: Black Families Harassed in Their Own Homes

Hate database shows that the terrorizing of people where they live is alive and well decades after the civil rights movement. by Rahima Nasa and Rachel Glickhouse In Delano, Minnesota, a black family’s home was broken into in March 2017 and a warning was spray-painted on the walls: “Get out.” The vandals left a note, too: “Next time … Continue reading “Get Out”: Black Families Harassed in Their Own Homes

The Freedom Plea: How Prosecutors Deny Exonerations by Dangling the Prison Keys

New evidence pointed to innocence in the cases of these four Baltimore men, yet prosecutors would only let them go if they agreed to controversial plea deals. by Megan Rose Despite new evidence undermining the convictions of at least eight men for violent crimes in both Baltimore City and County over the last two decades, none … Continue reading The Freedom Plea: How Prosecutors Deny Exonerations by Dangling the Prison Keys

What Does an Innocent Man Have to Do to Go Free? Plead Guilty.

A case in Baltimore — in which two men were convicted of the same murder and cleared by DNA 20 years later — shows how far prosecutors will go to preserve a conviction. by Megan Rose On Oct. 15, 2008, James Owens shuffled, head high despite his shackles, into a Baltimore courtroom, eager for his new … Continue reading What Does an Innocent Man Have to Do to Go Free? Plead Guilty.