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St. Louis plans to appeal red light camera ruling

Wednesday, 12 February 2014 01:12 Published in Local News

UPDATE: The City of St. Louis plans to appear a circuit court judge's ruling that invalidates the city's red light camera program.


Tuesday's ruling bars the city from processing payments for tickets and sending out violation notices. The city says they responded to and fixed problems in the red light camera program that were cited in a 2013 ruling. City Counselor Michael Garvin says they are going to ask the state Supreme Court to settle the matter.


Police Chief Sam Dotson says the cameras have reduced red light running--he says some of the first intersections to have the cameras installed have seen citations drop by 80 percent. 


EARLIERA judge in St. Louis says red light camera tickets are unenforceable.  A ruling Tuesday by St. Louis Circuit Judge Steven Ohmer nullifies the city's red light camera ordinance and bars the city from enforcing any part of it.  That includes processing payments for tickets and sending out violation notices or collection letters.  


The ruling stems from a petition by two women who'd received red light camera tickets.  Their attorney had argued that the law had already been voided by four other court rulings.  The judge agreed.


Proponents of the law had argued that the women lacked standing because their tickets had already been dismissed.  Judge Ohmer called this case an exception because of the  "general public interest."  He also wrote that it was obvious that the tickets had been dismissed in an attempt to avoid a ruling on the ordinance.


MO Senate endorses gun nullification bill

Wednesday, 12 February 2014 01:00 Published in Local News
   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Senate has endorsed legislation that seeks to send federal agents to jail for enforcing gun control laws.
   The Republican-led Senate gave first-round approval to the measure late Tuesday. It would declare federal gun controls laws that infringe on gun rights to be null and void. Federal agents enforcing those laws could be prosecuted and punished by up to one year in jail.
   However, the measure would likely face a court challenge if approved. And courts have consistently ruled that states cannot nullify federal laws.
   Republican Sen. Brian Nieves is sponsoring the bill. He says it protects liberties, but opponents say it would lead to more violence.
   The bill, which needs one more vote before moving to the House, would also allow designated school personnel to carry concealed weapons in schools.

Clark-Pujols feud appears to be over

Tuesday, 11 February 2014 06:50 Published in Local News


   Those who wanted to see two former Cardinals sluggers duke it out in court may be disappointed.  Albert Pujols had sued Jack Clark over allegations of performance-enhancing drug use.  
   Monday evening, Clark publicly retracted his comments and apologized.  The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Pujols followed shortly by accepting Clark's apology and plans to drop the lawsuit.
   “I would like to address Albert Pujols’ pending defamation lawsuit and reconfirm that I have no knowledge whatsoever that Mr. Pujols has ever used illegal or banned PEDs,” Clark said in a statement he released and that was provided to the Post-Dispatch.  “I publicly retract my statements that Albert Pujols used such substances. During a heated discussion on air, I misspoke, and for that I sincerely apologize.”
   The Post-Dispatch published the following statement by Pujols in response to Clark’s apology: “I have accepted Jack Clark’s retraction and apology to resolve my lawsuit against him and clear my name.”
    Both Jack Clark and radio co-host Kevin Slaten were fired by station WGNU after Clark called Pujols "a juicer" on-air and claimed that a former Pujols trainer had told him the trainer had injected Pujols with PEDs.

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