Freedom Center Files Latest Brief in Animal Husbandry Appeal

The Freedom Center is happy to announce that the briefing stage of Brooke Gray’s Animal Husbandry Freedom appeal is now complete. ┬áThe Western District Court of Appeals is expected to put this case on its docket for oral argument some time next February or March. In our Reply Brief (below) we point out the┬ánumerous falsehoods, […]

Freedom to Peaceably Assemble

Everyone knows that the First Amendment protects Americans’ freedom of speech, but it also protects our freedom to gather together for political purposes. On March 17, 2012, when citizens all over the state were gathering to choose delegates for Missouri’s state Republican convention, the St. Charles County Republican Caucus adjourned improperly without choosing delegates. Following […]

St. Louis County Court WILL Decide If Cities May Ban Kid-Run Concession Stands

We were pleasantly surprised that a St. Louis County judge quickly rejected the City of Hazelwood’s Motion to Dismiss, stating that the court will address the question of whether cities may prohibit kid-run concession stands. The judge’s three-page opinion, which clearly states that a city’s police powers may be broad they are not unlimited, may […]

Supreme Court Filing Exposes MREC Duplicity

The Freedom Center of Missouri has asked the United States Supreme Court to consider whether the First Amendment allows the Missouri Supreme Court to presume that government restrictions on speech are constitutional and to require the speaker to prove the law unconstitutional. The Missouri Attorney General’s Office responded to our Petition by trying to mislead […]

Cato Institute, Pacific Legal Foundation Support Kansas City Premier Apartments

On December 1, 2011, two venerable organizations in the Freedom Movement – the Cato Institute and Pacific Legal Foundation – joined forces to urge the U.S. Supreme Court to consider our Kansas City Premier Apartments case. We are extremely honored that these organizations believe in the importance of our case and that they were willing […]

Proposed Judgment in MVMB v. Brooke Gray

At the close of trial on September 27, 2011, Judge Chapman asked the attorneys to prepare proposed judgments – examples of what each of us believed his findings of fact and conclusions of law should look like. This Proposed Judgment is lengthy, but it is a thorough, carefully considered look at both the facts and […]

Freedom Center Files First U.S. Supreme Court Case!

Today the Freedom Center of Missouri asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review Kansas City Premier Apartments v. Missouri Real Estate Commission in order to clarify that whenever a citizen challenges a law that restricts speech protected by the First Amendment, the government must show substantial evidence proving why the restriction is necessary. Despite more […]

Press Coverage of Brooke Gray’s Case

Trial has now concluded in Brooke Gray’s Animal Husbandry Freedom case! In fifteen days the Attorney General’s Office will submit its first brief, then we’ll have fifteen additional days to write a Response Brief, then the Attorney General will have ten days for a Reply Brief. And after that, we wait to see what the […]

Freedom Center Asks Judge to Reconsider Dismissal of Cookie Stand Freedom Lawsuit

On Monday, September 12, the Freedom Center of Missouri asked a St. Louis County judge to reconsider her decision to dismiss one of its cases. This lawsuit asks whether Hazelwood, Missouri, has violated its citizens’ constitutionally-protected property rights by prohibiting kids from selling cookies from a temporary stand in their own driveway. The judge’s original […]

Two More Filings at the Missouri Supreme Court

Earlier this week the Freedom Center filed documents related to two of our cases with the Missouri Supreme Court. The first filing addresses the Court’s opinion in our recent Kansas City Premier Apartments case. While the majority determined that at least part of KCPA’s speech was forbidden by state law and not protected under the […]