The Missouri Supreme Court considered Tuesday how to apply laws making it illegal for sex offenders to be near parks and for felons to possess a gun when their initial offense occurred before the restrictions were created.
At issue before the high court in five separate cases was part of the Missouri Constitution prohibiting retrospective and ex post facto laws.
In each case, defendants faced prosecution after running afoul of a law that applied to them because of a previous criminal conviction. A judge dismissed a charge in four cases, while a fifth defendant was convicted and appealed. Full Article