Central Standard
2:18 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Attorneys In Missouri Debate Role Of Grand Jury

A grand jury's recent decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., has thrown a spotlight on the legal institution of the grand jury:

What’s the prosecutor’s role in grand jury proceedings? Who brings the charges? What are the standards of proof?

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Central Standard
9:54 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Law 101: How In The Heck Does A Grand Jury Work?

Big questions are being asked about the recent grand jury hearing about the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, for example, whether justice was served. But there are simpler questions, too: When and why is a grand jury called? What's the prosecutor's role, in a grand jury hearing and otherwise? Who are the jurors, and why is their selection process a secret?


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Central Standard
5:14 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Three Decades Of Poverty Law In Kansas City: Highlights From Julie Levin's Career

Credit Courtesy of Julie Levin.

Julie Levin has worked with Legal Aid of Western Missouri since 1977.

In that time, she's had some monumental cases, from a suit against the Kansas City Housing Authority in 1989 that changed the face of public housing, to a case on behalf of a client who lost her job while on maternity leave. That last case went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Up to Date
4:00 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Messy Battles Of Family Law

Family lawyer Margaret Klaw discusses her experiences with Steve Kraske.

Family law can be a messy profession. Between acrimonious divorces and bitter custody battles, the terrain is often rocky and difficult to navigate.

In the first part of  Thursday's Up to Date, we talk with a lawyer who’s spent nearly 30 years balancing these types of battles. We’ll discuss how family lawyers stay detached from the raw emotions of their cases, why she sometimes feels like she’s a therapist for her clients, and why personal grievances should stay out of court—even in a divorce case.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

It's A Bird; It's A Plane; It's A Statute?

The Law of Superheroes

What would happen if Superman had to get a warrant for his x-ray vision? Can you imagine Batman in small claims court when his batarangs damage city buildings?

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Up to Date
10:07 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Is It Time To Talk About Gun Control?

A Bushmaster .223-caliber rifle was Adam Lanza's main weapon in his massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary which left 6 teachers and 20 first graders dead.
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It may be the tipping point: among the issues of discussion after Friday's massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut: mental health and gun control.

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