Latahra Smith, Founder of KC Freedom Project, talks with Cliff Middleton, son of Ken Middleton. Ken was convicted for the 1990 murder of his wife in an act he has always clearly denied, contending she mishandled the gun and that her death was a tragic accident.
Ken’s conviction was overturned because of ballistics evidence, but a technicality in the Missouri law has not allowed Kenneth Middleton to be released and he has been in prison for over 30 years.
There is a new podcast on Wrongful Convictions about the Ken Middleton case, narrated by Jason Flom, episode #248. This you got to hear.
There is a trope that everyone in prison claims to be innocent, and we understand that this isn’t the case. However, we must understand the significant prevalence of innocent people being wrongfully convicted and unjustly incarcerated.
We will play our calendar at the middle of the hour, then host Craig Lubow interviews Teresa Perry, Community Activist in Kansas City. She runs an organization called Share The Love House which provides resources for the Homeless and Community. They will talk about the problems with the treatment of and assistance to the homeless citizens in our community.
We hope you will listen. On Jaws of Justice, we examine how to find justice in our society. Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.
Calendar for the week of March 14th:
- Legal Aid of Western Missouri provides free civil legal services to low-income and vulnerable people in Jackson CTY Missouri. Interested individuals can call 816-474-6750 to apply.
- Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is a very active group of Mothers and others. You can learn where their virtual meetings this week will occur at https://momsdemandaction.org/events/
- MON, March 14th, 6 PM, Casey Lawrence, Director of Sunshine Law Compliance and Records Management in the Missouri Attorney General’s office, will present information about Missouri’s Sunshine Law. The event, which is free and open to the public, recognizes Sunshine Week. Sunshine Week is sponsored by the News Leaders Association, formerly the American Society of News Editors, as an initiative to promote open government. The observation week encourages education on the importance of government transparency and open access.This event is available via Zoom and will be live-streamed on the League’s Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/LWVKC/
- MON, March 14th, 6 PM, March Issues2Action Night is an online event hosted by MORE2. There will be breakout groups by issue task force for both Missouri and Kansas teams. Register at https://more2.org/
- THURS, 5 PM, KC MIC next Hope and Healing Meet and Greet event at Robert J. Mohart Multipurpose Center, 3900 Wayne, KCMO. Please RSVP to [email protected] or call 816)912-2601 #WeWillAlwaysRememberThem #StoptheViolence
- FRI, March 18th, noon, Empower Missouri’s online Friday Forum will be a discussion about the initiative petition process. Register at https://empowermissouri.org/events/march-friday-forum/
- SAT, March 19th, 10:30 AM, The “Value Women Less” Amendment: The History of Reproductive Oppression a Facebook Live event hosted by Women for Kansas Speaker is Rachel Stoutamire for a Zoom online discussion. More info on Facebook.
- A list of services, meals, and hot lines specific to sheltering are available at https://lawrenceprogressivecalendar.blogspot.com/ It is updated daily.
Stay safe. Thanks to all our listeners, stay close to your dial and stay well! A crisis on the scale of the pandemic can reorder society in dramatic ways, for better or worse. All of society pays a heavy price for decades of failing to create a rational system of health care that works for all of us.