Category Archives: General

Convictions Affirmed for Harassment and Tampering with Parole Officer 

Statutes provide that the elements of second-degree harassment include “to act ‘without good cause’ and with ‘the purpose to cause emotional distress [.]’” Those provisions apply to communications without implicating First Amendment protections because those provisions rely on purpose instead … Continue reading

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Castle Doctrine Covers Cars 

An instruction is due when it has support in substantial evidence. Evidence showed that defendant shot persons who ran at defendant with a firearm, and punched defendant through defendant’s open car window, so an instruction was due under statute embodying … Continue reading

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Supreme Court of Missouri renounces use of photograph for political purposes

Recently, the Supreme Court of Missouri found out about a campaign mailer of Attorney General Eric Schmitt’s that features a photograph of Schmitt with three of the Court’s judges. The photograph was taken at a public event that the judges … Continue reading

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Judgment Not Final Without Ruling on Attorney Fees

Absent other exceptions, the only circuit court ruling that is subject to appeal is a final judgment, meaning a writing denominated as a judgment that addresses all claims as to all parties. Judgment addressed all claims as to all parties … Continue reading

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Challenges to Vaccination Exemption Form Unsuccessful

“In Missouri, it is unlawful for any student to attend school unless he or she is properly immunized and can provide satisfactory evidence of such immunization or unless he or she is properly exempted.” Nothing requires the State to provide … Continue reading

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CFPB Report Highlights Experiences of Military Families with Medical Billing, Credit Reporting, and Debt Collection

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently released its annual report on the top financial concerns facing servicemembers, veterans, and military families, based on the complaints they submitted to the CFPB. Servicemembers told the CFPB about billing inaccuracies and that … Continue reading

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Bitcoin Plunges as Major Crypto Lender Halts Operations

The price of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies plummeted Monday after a major cryptocurrency lender effectively failed and halted all withdrawals from its platform, citing “extreme market conditions.” It’s the latest high-profile collapse of a pillar of the cryptocurrency industry. These … Continue reading

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Evidence Obtained by Deception Okay

The delay from charges to trial did not reach the threshold of a presumptive violation of the right to a speedy trial, so no further analysis of other factors was necessary, and circuit court did not err in denying defendant’s … Continue reading

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Things organizations should know about applying for tax-exempt status

To be tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, an organization must be organized and operated exclusively for any of these purposes: charitable, religious, educational, scientific, literary, testing for public safety, fostering national or international amateur sports competition, … Continue reading

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IRS increases standard mileage reimbursement rate for personal vehicles effective July 1

The Internal Revenue Service has announced an increase in the optional standard mileage rate for the final 6 months of 2022. Taxpayers may use the optional standard mileage rates to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business … Continue reading

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