Sharon Snyder worked at the Jackson County Courthouse for 34 years and is now out of a job.
20-year-old Robert Nelson was convicted in 1984 of rape and sentenced to 50 years behind bars, today at the age of 49 he is a free man. It was the undying efforts of his sister, Sea Dunnell who continued to fight even after Judge David Byrn had denied Robert’s request for a DNA test to prove his innocence. It was the actions of Sharon Snyder, a judicial administrative assistant with 30 years of experience when she gave Sea the information needed to properly file the DNA motion Robert needed.
Robert did file a proper motion for the DNA test, eventually winning his freedom and Judge Byrn fired Sharon Snyder for breaking rules of the court. Today Host Keith Brown El talks with Sharon Snyder about what she did that got her fired and why she risked her job for someone she had never met.
Heidi Boghosian, Executive Director of the National Lawyers Guild on government spying
Heidi Boghosian has written a powerful book on the history of spying, privacy and how public dissent without surveillance is needed in order for a democracy to thrive. The newly published book is titled Spying On Democracy: Government Surveillance, Corporate Power, and Public Resistance and it reveals in detail how the government acquires your information from sources such as telecommunications companies and the use of private contractors to collect that information.
You can purchase Hiedi’s book at: http://www.citylights.com/
Host Robin Martinez of the local Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild talks with Heidi about her book and why all this spying matters even for those that aren’t doing anything wrong.
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The next Homelessness Task Force Meeting will be Friday, October 25th from 9-11 am at the Central Library, 14 West 10th Street, Kansas City, MO. The guest will be Iain De Jong, a national consultant on homelessness system change to start a conversation around the Housing First philosophy and developing a system that helps connect homeless to the organization that can best meet their needs for services and resources.