A Quick Primer on “Martial Law”

A Quick Primer on “Martial Law”

Whenever there is civil unrest or a natural disaster in some part of the United States, people on the internet invariably start to rumble that someone or another might declare “martial law.”  The thing is, the people expressing concerns about martial law rarely seem to understand the meaning of the term.  In order to help shed some light on the topic, we wanted to offer this brief primer on martial law – and an explanation as to why the Missouri…

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Blooming Ridiculous: Freedom Center Launches New Case to Defend Couple’s Flower Garden

Blooming Ridiculous: Freedom Center Launches New Case to Defend Couple’s Flower Garden

Can the government force you to dedicate half of your yard to growing and maintaining plants you do not want? That is the question posed by a lawsuit filed today in state court by a St. Peters couple, Carl and Janice Duffner, who hope to defeat their city’s unconstitutional turf grass mandate.  A city ordinance requires owners of residential property in St. Peters to devote at least half of their yard to growing and maintaining “turf grass.” According to city…

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VICTORY: Court of Appeals Rejects Secretary of State’s Unlawful Power Grab

VICTORY: Court of Appeals Rejects Secretary of State’s Unlawful Power Grab

On Thursday, June 19, 2014, a three judge panel of the Missouri Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that Secretary of State Jason Kander overstepped his authority by refusing to list Natalie A. Vowell as a candidate to serve the 78th District in the Missouri House of Representatives. The appellate ruling reversed a trial court’s decision dismissing Vowell’s case. Vowell has lived in St. Louis since July 2010, and has been working with non-profits trying to advance social justice. But despite…

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Still Standing For Freedom

Still Standing For Freedom

As most of our fans will know, the Freedom Center of Missouri took a brief hiatus in 2013 while Dave was focusing on his work with the Freedom Foundation.  But even when he was out on the West Coast, Dave continued to fight on behalf of Missourians.  In early 2013 he argued Brooke Gray’s animal husbandry case in front of Missouri’s Western District Court of Appeals.  In May and June he spoke to Missouri media about the big cases the…

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Court: State May Deny Animal Husbandry Workers’ Constitutional Right to Enjoy Gains of Their Own Industry

Court: State May Deny Animal Husbandry Workers’ Constitutional Right to Enjoy Gains of Their Own Industry

Missouri’s Western District Court of Appeals ruled today that the state can make it a criminal offense for non-veterinarians to provide basic animal husbandry services to Missouri’s livestock owners. Noting that the Missouri Veterinary Medical Board had threatened criminal prosecution against a wide range of animal husbandry workers, including those engaged in such common, basic tasks as castrating or dehorning cattle, the court ruled the government may impose criminal penalties if these non-veterinarian workers are paid for their labor, despite…

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Freedom Center Files Latest Brief in Animal Husbandry Appeal

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.  The 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 numerous falsehoods, mischaracterizations, and absurdities of the argument the Attorney General’s Office included in their brief.  We believe that we have a compelling, well-supported argument – now…

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VICTORY: Trial Judge Acquits Ron Paul Supporter of Bogus Criminal Trespass Charges

VICTORY: Trial Judge Acquits Ron Paul Supporter of Bogus Criminal Trespass Charges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                CONTACT: Dave Roland August 1, 2012                                                                                …

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VICTORY: Freedom Center Uproots Petty Tyranny in Ferguson

VICTORY: Freedom Center Uproots Petty Tyranny in Ferguson

Last night the Freedom Center of Missouri struck a blow for property rights, persuading the Board of Adjustment for the city of Ferguson, Missouri, to overturn the city’s determination that residents must get the City’s permission before cultivating gardens in their yards. The Freedom Center was representing Karl Tricamo, a resident who, inspired by the birth of his infant son, decided to ensure his family’s access to cheap, nutritious, organic produce by planting a garden in his yard. Prior to…

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Three Looming Questions in St. Peters

Three Looming Questions in St. Peters

One week from today Brent Stafford will go to trial in the St. Peters Municipal Court, facing charges of criminal trespassing stemming from his arrest in the wake of the St. Charles County Republican Caucus on March 17, 2012. Several things about this case are perfectly clear.  First, it is clear that those committee members who were in charge of handling the caucus had made plans in advance to try and disregard the will of caucus attendees, which led to…

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