Why Are Lawyers Never Held Accountable and What Happens After A Hung Jury? The Case of Rontarus Washington Jr., A Call In Show

Why Are Lawyers Never Held Accountable

The effort to hold Douglas County Assistant Prosecutor Amy McGowan accountable for her misconduct has raised the question of how one holds other lawyers accountable for their misdeeds and malfeasance. There are governing bodies and processes by which lawyers can be reported and disciplined.

Host Latahra Smith talks with Sarah Swain of the Swain Law Office in Lawrence, Kansas and Thurman Davis, a local KC activist about how to hold an attorney accountable for their actions and misdeeds.

We will open the phone lines for your questions and comments on today’s subjects.

Swain Law Office
Address – 2311 Wakarusa Dr Suite J, Lawrence, KS 66047
Phone – 785-842-2787 | Fax: 785-842-2790
Email – swainlawoffice@gmail.com
webpage – https://www.theswainlawoffice.com/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwoebsBRCHARIsAC3JP0JQctimbL-nui0a42TAVfaYtHjLahr-0Gcy4uuPtHG2JYlYPFZ_2HIaAirDEALw_wcB

What Happens After A Hung Jury? The Case of Rontarus Washington Jr

The Lawrence Journal-World reported on Friday October 4th that the jury in the murder trial of Rontarus Washington Jr. could not come to a decision on any of the charges. Washington was on trial for the 2014 murder of a young woman who lived in his apartment building. Douglas County District Court Judge James McCabria declared a mistrial and prosecutor C.J. Rieg then requested a new trial.

Host Latahra Smith talks with Tommy Simmons a formerly incarcerated, prison reform and human rights activist about what happens when a jury cannot come to a verdict. We will open the phone lines for your comments and questions.

Lawrence Journal-World Article

The Calendar for the week of October 7th

The Criminal Justice Task Force will meet Monday October 7th from 6:45 to 8:45 PM at the Church of the Good Shepard, 4947 Chouteau Drive, KCMO. The mission of the Criminal Justice Task Force is to lobby the Missouri State Legislature for sentencing laws that are fair and for basic human rights of those who are incarcerated.  For information contact Robin Johnson at 816-522-4081 or email: redrob2655@yahoo.com
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Corey’s Network will have their weekly meeting with a Survivors’ Workshop – How to deal with the Media 2 – on Monday October 7, from 6 – 8 PM at the Church of the 4 Corners – The City House, 14300 E. US HWY 40 (40 HWY and Noland Rd) Kansas City, MO. Corey’s Network asks us to please join their weekly meetings to learn how to deal with grief, the media, investigation, court, and moving forward after a homicide has occurred. This is a workshop, not a grief group. Please include only those individuals mature enough in age to deal with issues being covered during the meeting. Check their website: https://coreysnetwork.org/ or phone 816-866-7868
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The Metro Organization for Racial and Economic Equity (MORE²) will have a meeting concerning Missouri Issues2Action on Monday, October 7th 6 – 7:30 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church, E. 620 Armour BLVD, Kansas City MO, contact Lora McDonald at (816) 227-5912 or email mcdonald@more2.org
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There is a meeting about the Safe and Welcoming Wyandotte proposal to establish a municipal ID that’s open and affordable to ALL residents as well as a prohibition on voluntary cooperation between local law enforcement and ICE in Wyandotte County.  The meeting is TUES 10/8 5:30 – 7:30 PM at First Baptist Church (29th & Minnesota) KC KS.  Contact marcus@more2.org for more information.
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Mothers of Incarcerated Sons and Daughters will have their monthly meeting Saturday, October 12 from noon to 1:30 PM at the Waldo Branch Library, 201 East 75th Street, KCMO.  If you have a loved one who is incarcerated and need advice and support MISD has members that may be able to help.   Their website is https://www.misdkc.org/


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