Missouri High Court Upholds Investigator Licensing Law

6 years 8 months 1 week ago Tuesday, March 06 2012 Mar 6, 2012 Tuesday, March 06, 2012 8:11:00 PM CST March 06, 2012 in News
Source: Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - The Missouri Supreme Court has upheld a state licensing law for private investigators, rejecting claims that it could redistrict the public's ability to conduct basic research into people and organizations.

A private investigator from Columbia challenged the law, arguing its requirements were too broad and could violate free speech rights.

The high court rejected the arguments in a unanimous decision Tuesday. The Supreme Court concluded the licensing requirements are intended for those who carry out investigations as part of a for-profit enterprise.

Missouri's private investigator licensing law was enacted in 2007. It bars unlicensed people from working in the "private investigator business." Violators can be charged with a misdemeanor for a first offense and a felony thereafter.

Case is Gurley v. Missouri Board of Private Investigator Examiners, SC91741

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