Wrongful Convictions Redux and Ongoing Until We Make Changes in the System

Join us Monday, May 17th, 2021, at 9:00 AM when host Terri Wilke speaks with Cliff Middleton about wrongful convictions.  In light of recent legislative action in Missouri, people trapped in the swirling vortex of our criminal justice system might have increased opportunity to overturn wrongful convictions.  Ken Middleton, Cliff’s father has spent 30 years in prison for a crime he has always clearly denied he committed.  Ken Middleton is not alone when he says he was wrongfully incarcerated.

Missouri Senate Bill passed to the desk of Gov. Mike Parson just last week.  If Gov Parson signs the bill, the Jackson CTY Missouri DA could file a court motion asking a judge to clear the conviction of Kevin Strickland, a Kansas City man imprisoned for more than two-thirds of his life for a crime the evidence shows he did not commit.

During the second half of our hour, host Craig Lubow talks to criminal defense attorney Dan Ross, who was a criminal prosecutor before turning to the defense side.  Dan talks to Craig about alarming evidence of wrongdoing by former Detective Roger Golubski which has led to wrongful convictions in Wyandotte County, Kansas, including the wrongful conviction of Lamonte McIntyre.

Listeners will learn of the most recent case to come to light, where Golubski is alleged to have led the investigation of the murder of his nephew, Greg Miller.  There are allegations of witness tampering by Golubski that led to the wrongful conviction of Celester McKinney and Brian Betts.  There are also allegations reported by other media outlets that Golubski was dealing drugs and that the murder of Greg Miller was related to the drug dealing.  Even more alarming are allegations that Golubski was involved in wrong doing with respect to the murder of six prostitutes in Kansas City, Kansas.  The cases were all assigned to Golubski to investigate, but no investigation was ever completed on any of the murders.  There has been no criminal prosecutions against Golubski as of this date and it appears none are planned.

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Calendar for the week of May 17th:

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  • Legal Aid of Western Missouri can provide free civil legal services to low-income and vulnerable people who live in Jackson CTY MO. Interested individuals can call 816-474-6750 to apply.
  • For Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense virtual meetings this week, go to https://momsdemandaction.org/events/. All are welcome, mothers and others.
  • The Kansas City Chapter of Missouri Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants has a monthly virtual meeting Monday, 5/17. MO CURE advocates for the human rights of prisoners in Missouri prisons and jails as well as those who have returned to society.   For info call Keith Brown El at 816-377-2873.
  • MON May 17th, MON Meets: 4 PM, Online event hosted by The Willow Domestic Violence Center. On Facebook Live
  • MON May 17th, 7:30 PM, Legal Observers In the Street: Why They Matter is an Online Event by ACLU of Missouri and others, Open to anyone Who are Legal Observers? Why are they important to social justice movements? You can join for a discussion on the role of legal observers and how their works help to protect constitutional rights and civil liberties. More info at aclu of Missouri on Facebook.
  • THURS, May 20th, Noon, People Power Hour! Is an online Event by Advocates for Immigrant Rights and Reconciliation (AIRR) Open to anyone on or off Facebook The time is NOW for a complete and inclusive immigration reform! El momento para una reforma migratoria completa e inclusiva es HOY! Únase a nosotros en AIRR y MORE2 durante su almuerzo para la “Hora de Poder de la Gente” Llamaremos y dejaremos mensajes para nuestros Representantes y Senadores en Kansas y Missouri, pidiéndoles que apoyen una reforma migratoria completa e inclusiva. ¡Ofreceremos capacitación sobre cómo realizar estas llamadas y le preparamos un guión para que lo use cuando llame a sus electos oficiales!¡Es deber de todos luchar por nuestra libertad! ¡El tiempo es ahora!Regístrese a través de este enlace https://bit.ly/3xNQTHX
  • THURS, May 20, 5 PM, The KC chapter of Mothers in Charge, Healing Support Group will be meeting at the Robert J Mohart Multipurpose Center, Suite 124 W, 3200 Wayne Ave, KCMO. This group is for people who have lost loved ones to murder and violence.   For more information you can find them on the web at www.kcmothersincharge.org or call them at 816-912-2601.
  • FRI, May 21st, 11 AM is the Smart Sentencing Coalition Call – access info at https://empowermissouri.org/events/
  • FRI, May 21st, 2 PM Beyond Alternatives: Disability, Madness and Prison Abolition is an Online Event hosted by The New Press For more info, go to https://thenewpress.com/events
  • FRI May 21st, 6 PM, Friday Night Protest at KCPD HQ, 1125 Locust St, Kansas City, MO
  • A list of services, meals, and hot lines are available at blogspot.com.  It is updated daily.

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