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Phone: 816-318-7943
Offices in Kansas City and Belton, Missouri

August 2019 Archives

Traffic stop leads to a murder charge for Missouri man

A 43-year-old Missouri man has been charged with murder in the second degree in connection with an Aug. 24 accident in Crawford County that claimed the life of a motorcyclist. The Washington resident also faces felony counts of driving while intoxicated and resisting arrest. He is being held at the Crawford County Jail, and his bond has been set at $250,000.

Missouri woman sentenced to life in prison for 2016 slaying

A Missouri woman was sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole on Aug. 12 for the 2016 slaying of mentally handicapped man in St. Charles County. The woman could have faced the death penalty if she had been convicted after a trial, but she avoided that fate by entering what is known as an Alford plea in 2017. When a defendant enters an Alford plea, they maintain their innocence but accept that prosecutors have enough evidence to prove their guilt beyond reasonable doubt.

A look at what's behind wrongful convictions

Missouri residents may be interested in a study that shows that some wrongful convictions involve more than just misconduct by the prosecutors or police. One example of this is a man who spent almost three decades in prison for a murder of which he said he was innocent. The conviction was based on the testimony of supposed eyewitnesses who were later said to have been coerced by prosecutors.

Asset forfeiture does not improve police effectiveness, study says

Asset forfeiture is a serious civil liberties concern for many people in Kentucky, especially as it is a form of punishment that can be applied despite the absence of a criminal conviction or even criminal charges in some cases. The policy, which escalated in use during the "war on drugs" in the 1980s, allows law enforcement agencies to seize assets that they believe to be linked to criminal activity. While the policy is promoted with references to large-scale raids on major drug traffickers, a significant number of asset forfeiture cases involve relatively small sums being collected from people who cannot afford to lose them.

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