Alvin Sykes, SB 102 – Kansas Closed Case Task Force; And The Curious Case Of Kameron Gines

Alvin Sykes, SB 102 – Kansas Closed Case Task Force And More

Alvin Sykes has been a voice in the wilderness calling out the inequities of our Justice System and working with legislators and numerous other citizens to propose and pass legislation to make the system more responsive to the needs of what is true justice. Alvin is largely self taught, when at an early age he forsook the education system in favor of the public library. In some ways his journey is not too different than that of an undereducated inmate that goes to the prison library to learn about the law and life on the outside in an attempt to prove his or her innocence and take life in their own hands. Alvin is well known for working to bringing to light the who and why of the beating and murder of Emmitt Till. He has also advocated for the establishment of a FBI investigations unit to bring about justice for the victims of the lynchings of the 20th century.

Host Latahra Smith talks with Alvin Sykes about his latest effort working with the Midwest Innocence Project and State Senator David Haley in the state of Kansas to pass Senate Bill 102, establishing a Closed Case Task Force that would use DNA collected in present day investigations to be checked against closed cases of the past. One of the reasons cited by supporters of KS SB 102 is that testing past closed cases has the potential of identifying those who have been wrongly convicted and those who really did commit those crimes. They will be joined later in the broadcast by Keith Gines, father of Cameron Gines who has been charged with second degree murder for a clear case of Self Defense.

The Curious Case Of Kameron Gines
Justice delayed

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Does the Stand Your Ground law only apply to white people? There are multiple people that have been charged and convicted of murder in Jackson County who have claims of self defense. Is it a policy in Jackson county to ignore the Stand Your Ground Law?

In the second half of the broadcast Latahra talks with Keith Gines, father of Kameron Gines who has been charged with second degree murder for a clear case of Self Defense.

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The JoJR Calendar for the week of February 11th

Corey’s Network invites survivors of murder to their weekly workshops to learn how to deal with grief, the media, investigation, court, and moving forward after a homicide has occurred. The next workshop, Beginning the Journey, will be held Monday, February 11th, 6 to 8 PM at the Church of the Four Corners, 14300 E. US HWY 40, Independence, MO. The church is located East of the HyVee at 40 Hwy and Noland Rd. For more information and listing of future workshops call 816.834.9161 or email
American Public Square presents Lifelines, Preventing Teen Suicide a discussion about teen suicide prevention in the KC Metro area and beyond. The panel of national and local experts will examine contributing factors, warning signs, how different populations are affected, how the community and the media respond to suicide, and strategies for prevention and treatment. This event will be held on Thursday February 28th from 6:30 to 8 PM at the Church of the Resurrection, 13720 Roe Avenue, Leawood, KS. Preregistration is required, go to the American Public Square website and click on the events tab.
Veronica’s Voice is hosting a Lucy Bloom speaking event, We Are One 2019 Celebrate Community – Honor Diversity Sunday, February 17th from Noon – 2 PM at Unity of Kansas City North, 1000 NE Barry Rd, KCMO. There will be Live Music and speakers from, Second Chance, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Veterans Community Project, Veronica’s Voice and the transgender and differently-abled communities.