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   The seat of justice in downtown St. Louis is also a cutting edge security system testing ground.  
   A pilot program approved by St. Louis judges in December is using facial recognition technology to spot individuals who are known threats before they can get past the front doors.  The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the courthouse is one of three downtown locations testing the new screening system developed by Blue Line Security Solutions, a group of current and former St. Louis police officers.  
   Other facial recognition systems snap pictures of everyone in camera range and try to ID them. The Blue Line system is loaded with images of specific people who've already been deemed a threat and then scans visitors looking for a match.  
   The St. Louis Circuit Court is testing the program for free.  The cost of using the system after the testing period is over has yet to be determined.  
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MARYVILLE, Mo. (AP) - Officials in a northwest Missouri county whose prosecutor is under fire for his handling of a teen sexual assault case are planning to close county offices Tuesday because of a planned rally related to the case.

Nodaway County Clerk Beth Walker says the courthouse and county administrative building are being closed. Walker says law enforcement officers will maintain some kind of presence around the buildings during the rally.

At least two activist groups, including one called "Justice for Daisy," have called for the protest, which is to begin at 6 p.m.

Daisy Coleman says she was 14 in January 2012 when a 17-year-old Maryville boy gave her alcohol and had sex with her when she was incapacitated. Felony charges against the boy and a second 17-year-old were dropped months later.

 

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Thursday, 07 February 2013 11:12

No more flip flops: Court plans dress code

 BENTON, Mo. (AP) - Those making court appearances in southeast Missouri's Scott County better start dressing for the occasion.

The Sikeston Standard Democrat reports that Circuit Clerk Christy Hency, after consulting with judges, is drafting a dress code. Bailiffs will be given the authority to send away those who don't dress appropriately.

Hency says the idea came up at a recent seminar she attended for the National Center for State Courts. She says people are showing up in clothing that indicates a lack of respect.

Among the clothing that will likely be banned: Pajamas, tank tops with offensive wording, and flip flops.

Those summoned to court for any reason will also get notification about the dress code.

 
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