This June, the Circuit Courts of St. Louis dedicated “Freedom’s Home,” a bronze statue memorializing the history of freedom suits in St. Louis. The four-ton bronze statue, sculpted by Preston Jackson, sits on the east side plaza of the Civil Courts Building in Downtown St. Louis. The black granite base of the statue is inscribed with the names of 330 people who petitioned for their freedom.
As a citizen, RDM member Dyanna Ballou wants an effective vaccine as quickly as possible. As a lawyer, she wonders what litigation will inevitably follow with claims that approvals were rushed or wrong.
Much of this week’s news cycle has been dominated by Supreme Court news including Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearing and possible attempts to expand the Supreme Court beyond the current nine members. I also came across an interesting article in Bloomberg BusinessWeek discussing Congress’s ability to strip the Supreme Court of its powers in order block judicial review of legislation.
In 2018, Missouri became one of the 33 states to pass the legal use of medical marijuana. Since then, Missouri has issued 192 licenses to open dispensaries and 60 licenses to grow marijuana. According to the Associated Press, a lab in Maryland Heights, Missouri was recently approved to start testing samples of marijuana. The lab anticipates that medical marijuana will be available to patients by mid-October this year.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was given the honor of lying in state in the U.S. Capitol after her death on September 18th. She is the first woman and the first Jew to be given this honor. RDM member and CFO Dyanna Ballou was surprised at that fact, which lead her to research the history of lying in state.