It's nothing out of the ordinary for the American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri to call Abdul Kadir Mohamed. A Somali immigrant turned immigration attorney, Mohamed, 30, has often worked pro bono cases for the ACLU. So he wasn't surprised when the group's executive director, John Chasno ... More >>
Tempers -- like the temperature -- have remained high since the trial of George Zimmerman, the Florida man who shot and killed Trayvon Martin, ended over the weekend in a not guilty verdict. On Sunday, protesters rallied in St. Louis and yesterday, more than a hundred gathered once again in front of ... More >>
Over the past decade, the number of marijuana arrests in St. Louis county has steadily climbed to levels four times greater than in 2001. "They seem to be prioritizing marijuana arrests in St. Louis county," John Chasnoff, program director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri, ... More >>
Once upon a time in Missouri, back in the Civil War, our governor's heart belonged to the Confederacy. But St. Louis and its mighty police force leaned Union. So the governor and his legislator pals in Jefferson City created a state board to control us. That system is still in place a century and a ... More >>
Last December, the St. Louis Division of Corrections downgraded the visitation rights of the American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri from "professional" to "social" status, effectively making it more difficult for ACLU representatives to meet with inmates in the city's downtown jai ... More >>
The Missouri Court of Appeals this morning heard arguments over a protracted lawsuit stemming from the 2006 World Series when St. Louis police officers were accused of taking tickets from scalpers and passing those tickets along to their friends and families. In April of last year St. Louis Circu ... More >>
'Cause real cops never quit!Updated 6 p.m. Judge Philip Heagney this afternoon issued a stay in the case, meaning the files won't be turned over until a June 4 hearing at the earliest. Original post follows...We know. You're sick of hearing about the so-called "World Series Ticket Scandal" involv ... More >>
The St. Louis Board of Police Commissioners today announced that it would not fight a judge's order requiring it to turn over its entire Internal Affairs investigation into the so-called World Series Ticket Scandal. The case stems from the 2006 World Series in which police officers were accused o ... More >>
St. Louis Circuit Court Judge Philip Heagney today ordered that the St. Louis Police Board of Commissioners pay a civil fine for violating the state's Sunshine Law.The judge also ordered the board to pay the attorney fees of John Chasnoff, a University City resident who in 2007 sued the police bo ... More >>
The Cards-Astros home-opener wasn't the only shutout in town yesterday. Three years after improprieties involving city cops and 2006 World Series tickets confiscated from scalpers came to light, a St. Louis judge last night issued a final ruling in the related Sunshine Law case against ... More >>
After many months' delay, the case of John Chasnoff v. St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Board of Commissioners is now moving -- relatively speaking -- at a good clip. Chasnoff, a local gadfly who has been seeking access to the police department's internal affairs file co ... More >>
John Chasnoff has won a small but significant victory in his spat with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department over the World Series ticket scandal. Chasnoff got word Tuesday that St. Louis Circuit Court Judge Philip Heagney has ordered police to make public the report that initiated investigat ... More >>
Week of November 11, 2004
Vandalism isn't a crime in St. Louis. Just ask the police.
Week of November 13, 2002
The facts about two high-profile police shootings remain muddled, but is a review panel really pressing for the truth?