May 29, 2018“Raise the Age” – Juvenile Justice Reforms
On May 10, 2018, Missouri lawmakers approved legislations allowing 17-year-old defendants to be tried as juveniles. “Pending a signature from Gov. Eric Greitens, a Republican, Missouri would join more than… Read More
May 23, 2018First Step Act – Prison Reform Bill
The First Step Act is a bipartisan prison reform bill designed to provide over “$50 million in funding for five years to provide job training, education and substance abuse treatment… Read More
On Friday, May 11, 2018, Missouri lawmakers voted to expand St. Louis sheriff deputies jurisdiction. Previously, sheriff deputies were only allowed to enforce courtroom security, transport prisoners, and deliver summons…. Read More
Between the years of 1976 and 1986 a serial murderer and rapist was terrorizing neighborhoods at night, suspected of 12 slayings and 50 rapes in 10 counties across Sacramento, California…. Read More
In 2012, Michael Daniels was charged with the death of his 37-year-old girlfriend, Jessica Brastow. Daniels was found not guilty; however, the State Bar has charged a San Francisco homicide… Read More
April 24, 2018Strange News: Do 4th Amendment Rights Apply After Death?
In Largo, Florida, a thirty-year old man, Linus Phillip, was killed by a police officer in March 2018 after authorities said he drove away before the officer could search him…. Read More
April 2, 2018‘Affluenza’ Teen Released From Jail
In 2013, 16-year old Ethan Couch was found guilty of intoxication manslaughter for the death of 4 individuals and sentenced to 10 years probation. However, in 2015 Couch and his… Read More
March 26, 2018Is a 241-Year Prison Sentence Too Long?
In December 1995, 16-year old Bobby Bostic and friend robbed a group of six people, during which a series of 18 crimes were committed. Bostic refused a plea deal and… Read More
March 23, 2018Has the Use of Techonology Reduced Police ‘Testilying’?
The New York Times interviewed countless New York Police Officers to uncover the prominence of ‘testilying:’ false testimony by the police. They found many cases in which officers lied about… Read More
November 17, 2015Taser barb fired by St. Louis County officer damaged attack victim’s eye
Steven Waterkotte is defending North County woman against criminal charges stemming from an incident where a police officer shot a taser prong in our client’s eye causing permanent eye damage…. Read More