United States v. Walker: The Meaning of Not Less Than 15 Years

Looking to legislative history and early jurisprudence, Journal member T.J. Matthes critiques a recent decision of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals holding that the “not less than 15 years” language in the Armed Career Criminal Act allows a judge to impose a sentence of more than 15 years. Continue Reading →

Chicago Insurance Company v. Archdiocese of St. Louis: Interpreting Liability Under Indemnification Clauses in Light of First Amendment Religious Protections

Journal member Jody Hanson applauds the Eighth Circuit’s recent handling of a case involving the separation of church and state in the context of religious indemnification insurance. Continue Reading →

Jay-Z’s 99 Problems Turns 10 Years Old This Month – Comments from Caleb Mason, Author of a Law Review Essay on the Song

Caleb Mason, now of Miller Barondess, LLP, but formerly a federal prosecutor and law professor, published a wildly popular law review essay on Jay-Z’s “99 Problems” in Volume 56, No. 2 of the SLU Law Journal. In honor of the song’s 10 year anniversary (the date of first release was April 27, 2004), Caleb answered a few of the Online Editorial Board’s questions about his Essay and the depiction of the criminal justice system in pop culture in general. Continue Reading →

Glossip v. Missouri Department of Transportation and Highway Patrol Employees’ Retirement System: A Denial of Survivor Benefits to the Decedent’s Same-Sex Partner

Staff member Lindsay Johnson criticizes the Missouri Supreme Court’s preoccupation with technical details in the Glossip v. MODOT case, arguing that in doing so it undermined the spirit of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Windsor. Continue Reading →

In re: Lawrence Hess: Night of the Plural Terror

Acknowledging that it is not yet upon us, staff member Vincent Heitholt warns of a “Plural Apocalypse” in which the precedential value of Missouri Supreme Court decisions may become unhelpfully murky. Read his account of an early omen of the Armageddon, In re: Lawrence Joseph Hess. Continue Reading →