Why do Prosecutors Overcharge Suspects?
Prosecutors overcharge suspects all the time in an effort to coerce them to plead guilty, to get them to testify against others, to pad their conviction numbers and other reasons. In today’s atmosphere where the notion of innocent till proven guilty has been turned on its head, many people are convicted of much more serious crimes than the evidence supports resulting in much longer sentences and contributing to overcrowding in our prisons. Is it up to the Judges to deny those more serious but unsupported charges? Can juries really be expected to understand when a suspect is being overcharged?
Host Latahra Smith talks with Attorney Taylor Rikard of the Kent E. Gipson Law Firm about the issues that overcharging creates in the legal system. The Gipson law firm focuses exclusively on representing citizens that have been accused or convicted of crimes at both trial and on appeal.
KENT E. GIPSON LAW
121 East Gregory Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64114
Telephone Number – 816-363-4400
Website – http://www.kentgipsonlaw.com/
Sankofa For Kansas City ~ A 10 Point Plan With Bobby Seale
The word Sankofa is a word in the Twi language of Ghana that translates to “Go back and get it” Many folks here in Kansas City realize that we are facing the same problems that the founders of the Black Panther Party were trying to address with their 10 point plan of the 1960s. There is an effort here to develop a 10 point plan or 11, 12…. to address the problems we face today and build the community we want rather than the conditions that are being forced on us. While many know the CoIntelPro message of the Black Panthers as violent revolutionaries, few know of their programs that fed and educated children who were hungry and being failed by a separate but equal myth. Most do not know that the health clinics open to all the Panthers developed were the forerunner of community health clinics we still see today.
Host Jeff Humfeld talks with Reverend Ester Holzendorf about the efforts to write a 10 point plan for here and now based on the framework of the Panther’s 10 point plan. In May of this year Black Panther Party founder Bobby Seale comes to Kansas City to help organize the implementation and realization of today’s plan.
The JoJR Calendar for the week of April 9th
The Kansas City chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Council hosts A March & Rally For Peace – Taking Action on The 50 Year Anniversary of The Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This commemoration will begin with a march Friday, April 13th, at 5:30 pm from 34th & Paseo (Victorious Life Church) to 7th & Prospect in KCMO. The rally will begin at 7:00 p.m. at Morning Star Baptist Church, 2411 E 27th St., KCMO. For more information email them at [email protected]
The Jackson County Bar Association presents “Law 101” free legal classes taught by judges and licensed attorneys for the public. The next class will be Saturday, April 14th 6 – 7 pm at the Gregg/Klice Community Center, 1600 John Buck O’Neil Way, KCMO, just East of Paseo and a block North of 18th Street. The subject for this month’s presentation will be Employment Law.
Mothers of Incarcerated Sons and Daughters will have their monthly meeting Saturday, April 14th from noon to 2pm at the Waldo Branch Library, 201 East 75th Street, KCMO If you have a loved one that is incarcerated and need advice and support MISD has members that may be able to help.