It is the intention of Jaws of Justice Radio to investigate how to achieve justice in America, this includes issues of economic injustice, political injustice and the criminal justice system. We want to put a human face on those caught in the grasp of injustice and those that are part of an unjust system. We strive to dispel the misconceptions created by the news and entertainment industry, politicians and our educational system.
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Craig Lubow is a criminal defense and family law attorney in Kansas. Craig has been a progressive activist since the early 1970s, starting in the War Resisters’ League. Craig serves on the executive committee of the Kanza Group of the Kansas Sierra Club.
Mr. Bell has significant experience in criminal matters at the local, state and federal level. After obtaining his business and tax law degrees, Mr. Bell worked as a tax and estate planning attorney. Combining his desire to help people with his love of the law, Mr. Bell then served as a trial attorney with the Missouri Public Defender’s System in Jackson County, Missouri where he represented thousands of clients in matters ranging from misdemeanor assault to first degree murder. Now in private practice as a criminal defense attorney, Mr. Bell's practice areas include white-collar, violent offenses, drug offenses, and sexual offenses.
I am a native son of Kansas City, Missouri who recently returned to this city after a long expedition, or journey that took me to some of the places in America that are referred to here at KKFI as the “Jaws of Justice!” Once I heard that terminology, I automatically knew this is where I belonged and I have been here every sense.
Margot Patterson is a writer and editor. Most of her experience has been in print journalism, frequently writing on U.S. foreign policy and the Middle East. In 2019 she and co-hosts Jamie Jackson and Jeremy Rothe-Kushel started “Understanding Israel-Palestine,” a now-weekly program that seeks to provide listeners with a more informed perspective on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict than is often available in the mainstream press. She is a long-time contributor to KKFI’s “Jaws of Justice” program and has interviewed a wide range of policy experts, criminologists, law enforcement officials and former inmates on topics ranging from juvenile justice detention, mass incarceration and police training to domestic extremism, human trafficking, solitary confinement and new technologies of incarceration.
Programmer biography coming soon.
Terri loves community radio!
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It is the intention of Jaws of Justice Radio to investigate how to achieve justice in America, this includes issues of economic injustice, political injustice and the criminal justice system. We want to put a human face on those caught in the grasp of injustice and those that are part of an unjust system. We strive to dispel the misconceptions created by the news and entertainment industry, politicians and our educational system. We want to pull back the veil and reveal those that really write our laws and who our justice system is meant to protect. It is our intention to seek out alternatives to the present practice that puts the law before justice, alternatives that are restorative to those that have been wronged and just to those that have offended. In short, we want to inform our society of the realities of the existing systems and in doing so start a dialogue about how to create systems that truly seek justice for all.
The Jaws of Justice Radio group is made up of formerly incarcerated citizens, family members of victims, family members of the incarcerated, lawyers, and justice seeking members of our community. We invite you to join the dialogue.
Jaws of Justice Radio has covered issues of law enforcement, courts, incarceration, homelessness, economic injustice, foster care, death penalty, constitutional rights and more. We are looking for organizations and individuals to tell their story, and more folks that want to learn how to produce radio.
Executive co-producers are Craig Lubow and Margot Patterson.
January 17, 2022 Local, News & Public Affairs, Podcast
For our show for January 17, 2022, we dedicate our entire hour to the teachings of Martin Luther King, Jr. Host Margot Patterson will speak with Darron Edwards, Senior Pastor of United Believers Community Church, the Rev. Dr. Emanual Cleaver III, Senior Minister of St. James United Methodist Church and Attorney, Civil Rights Advocate, and Founder of My Better America, LaRonna Lassiter Saunders.
They will be talking about ways to repair community and address crime and racism in Kansas City.
January 10, 2022 Local, News & Public Affairs, Podcast
Host Keith Brown El provides a story you may not have heard before, host Melvin Merritt speaks with Kenisha Clark, mother of Rontarus Washington who was charged with murder and held over five years before his charges were very recently dismissed.Listen
January 9, 2022 Local, News & Public Affairs, Podcast
On our show for January 3, 2022, we will replay our 4/19/21 show when host Jeff Humfeld spoke with Ricky Kidd of, I am Resilience, about the tragedy of a wrongful conviction – Charlie Graham’s story.Listen
December 27, 2021 Local, News & Public Affairs, Podcast
Hosts David Bell and Craig Lubow will discuss some of the newsworthy cases of 2021. Special guest Bob Eye will join the discussion. We will talk about cases pending or decided by the US Supreme Court this year, as well as some of the trials held during 2021.Listen
December 20, 2021 Local, News & Public Affairs, Podcast
we hope you can join us on Jaws of Justice when host David Bell talks with trauma survivor and victims’ rights advocate, Kim Case.
When she was in her early 20’s, the trajectory of Kim’s life abruptly changed when she was abducted and brutally assaulted by four men. Realizing the gift of survival, Kim dedicated her life to advocating for and supporting other survivors.
Tune in to hear her story of tragedy, healing & advocacy.
December 13, 2021 Local, News & Public Affairs, Podcast
A replay of our October 11, 2021, when hosts Terri Wilke and Keith Brown El spoke with Spencer Graves, a host of RadioActive Magazine on KKFI and Khadijah Hardaway, who works with Tommy Simmons, a man many have heard from about the Kansas City Police Department. Discussion centered on the July 2021 letter addressed to US Attorney General Merrick Garland and signed by representatives of the Urban League – KC, the National Black United Front KC, the NAACP – KC, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference – KC, and the Urban Summit.
The letter asks the US Department of Justice to do a civil rights investigation of the KCPD because of numerous incidents of deadly force, serious bodily injury, excessive force and false arrest. The time span 2013 through 2021. These issues in KC have been simultaneous to the police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson MO, then George Floyd in Minnesota and the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Next, host Melvin Merritt will speak with Ms. Emma Ashton, a social reform officer. They’ll tell us of an upcoming event on December 31, 2021 – the Penny Mill Annual Bowling Excursion for kids.
December 6, 2021 Local, News & Public Affairs, Podcast
JAWS OF JUSTICE REMEMBERS CAMERON LAMB For our show on December 6, 2021, we are going to replay our show from April, 2020, when host Pat Bartholome spoke with Sheryl Ferguson. On December 3, 2019, Kansas City police shot and killed 26-year-old Cameron Lamb, a black male, in his own backyard.Listen
November 29, 2021 Local, News & Public Affairs, Podcast
Host David Bell has a discussion with his guest, “Reggie”, who has spent his adult life in prison for a crime he committed when he was 17. Tune in for a discussion on a horrible crime, his sentence,time in prison, treatment and how “Reggie” has come to terms with this.Listen
November 22, 2021 Local, News & Public Affairs, Podcast
Jaws of Justice Radio will take a contemporary look at the Bail Bond industry, the arguments used to support it, the unfair effects on the poor, the negative effects on the economy and local communities. Host Terri Wilke speaks with Atty. Pedro Irigonegaray, criminal justice and civil rights advocate AND we will replay host Jamie Jackson's interview with Prof Peter Edelman, of the Georgetown Law Center, Cherise Fanne Burdee, Executive Director of the Pretrial Justice Institute, and Michael John Voss, co-founder of the ArchCity Defenders in St Louis, MO.Listen
November 15, 2021 Local, News & Public Affairs, Podcast
A replay of Latahra Smith’s 1- 20- 20 interview with Keith Carnes, who was in prison on that date. In fact, Keith Carnes has been in prison in Missouri since his conviction for first-degree murder sentenced him to life without parole in 2006. Keith Carnes has steadfastly maintained that he did not commit the murder. Finally, the time has come for a Missouri Court Special Master to review the evidence and procedure that resulted in Keith Carnes’ conviction. Next, host Melvin Merritt will speak with Chris Admire, Ex. Dir of Veterans Community Project (VCP) Kansas City. They were founded by a group of combat veterans who resolved to stand in the gaps of a broken system that left too many of their brothers and sisters behind.Listen