Ricky Kidd, The Fight For Exoneration – Advocates Outside The Courtroom
The fight to win the freedom of Ricky Kidd, wrongly convicted of murder, came down to four days of evidentiary hearings in a Gallatin, MO courtroom last week. There was testimony from a witness who has recanted his original testimony, detectives in the original case, both the Prosecutor and the Public Defender in the case and reading of testimony given in previous hearings. At the end of the week everyone expected to hear the Judge either render a ruling or take the case under advisement and to rule when he was done weighing the evidence presented. Instead what happened was a request by the Midwest Innocence Project Defense Counsel for a continuance so they could gather one more essential piece of testimony to be heard at a later date. Exonerations are hard, take an inordinate amount of time and require every I to be dotted, T to be crossed and past mistake rectified to ensure that justice is finally rendered.
The Midwest Innocence Project and the UMKC Students MIP Chapter have worked very hard and developed their best answer to the original but wrongful conviction. Their work is essential to win freedom for an innocent man or woman. There is another defense team that gathers around the wrongly convicted as well, they are family, friends and others who find a particular case or defendant compelling and want to see justice restored.
Today host Jeff Humfeld gathers some of those Advocates who have been working for years to get Ricky’s case before the public and the media as well as provide moral and physical help for Ricky and the campaign. We hope to also have Ricky on the phone for at least a portion of the show.
The JoJR Calendar for the week of April 29th
The KC Area Chapter of Parents of Murdered Children and Other Survivors of Homicide will hold their monthly meeting Friday May 3rd, beginning at 7:30 PM at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 2552 Gillham Road, KCMO. POMC meets to provide assistance through ongoing emotional support, education, prevention, advocacy and awareness to all survivors of homicide victims. For more information call 816-850-4200.
You are invited to the Kansas City Chapter of Empower Missouri’s First Friday Forum. Hear experts on Black Maternal Health, explain why Black women are three to four times more likely to die of pregnancy related complications than their white peers and Black infants are nearly twice as likely to die. This special 90 minute program on Friday May 3rd starts at noon at the Central Library, 14 W 10th St, KCMO. You can join them 11:30 am for networking, please bring a bring a brown bag lunch. If you have questions contact KC Coordinator, Sarah Owsley Townsend at [email protected] or call 816-506-3513.