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Missouri high court to consider statutes of limitations for prosecutors

State and federal protections exist to preserve justice and ensure a fair system for criminal defendants and prosecutors. These protections involve clear, consistent laws that make sure cases run through the system fairly. But a pair of cases before the Supreme Court has cast doubts on the consistency of laws governing Missouri's prosecutors.

Missouri public defenders face crippling caseloads

This summer the Missouri Supreme Court ruled that public defenders may refuse new cases if they cannot handle the ones they have. At first, it sounds like a disaster for people who are accused of crimes and cannot afford a defense attorney. But it could pave the way for longer-term solutions for the state's overloaded criminal justice system.

High court to rule on warrantless blood draw in Missouri DWI case

A Missouri DWI case is making national headlines this month after the Supreme Court agreed to hear a dispute over forced blood draws for drunk driving suspects. The decision of the nation's highest court could affect drivers' privacy rights across the country.

Evidence of Illegal Sobriety Checkpoints Leads to Dropped Charges

In 1990, the Supreme Court ruled that before conducting a sobriety checkpoint, officials must file a plan that describes how the random vehicles will be chosen. Drivers cannot be stopped because of race or other protected factors. The officials are also generally required to choose every third or fourth vehicle. If that standard isn't adhered to, a sobriety checkpoint is considered illegal.

Chemist Shakes the Foundation of the Judicial System

Recently, a chemist in Massachusetts allegedly tampered with criminal evidence in the state's drug laboratory. Allegedly, the chemist contaminated samples, mixed different samples and manipulated the weight of drugs. The chemist worked for nine years in the laboratory and handled approximately 60,000 drug samples over that time period.

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