Barry Grissom

Government
5:11 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Federal Authorities Ask For Help In Protecting Consumers From Fraud

Phony lottery-sweepstakes certificates displayed by prosecutors and federal postal inspectors in Kansas City.
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

In recognition of National Consumer Protection Week, postal inspectors and U.S. Attorneys from Western Missouri and Kansas are asking the public for help fighting sweepstakes scams. According to prosecutors Tammy Dickinson and Barry Grissom, most are operating from outside the United States.

Many of the lottery winning schemes mail impressive looking certificates. Tom Noyes of the postal inspection service in Kansas City says most gullible victims are elderly and will often send up front money to con artists.

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Government
8:03 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Kansas, Missouri Prosecutors Warn Of Cuts To Law Enforcement

U.S. Attorneys Tammy Dickinson and Barry Grissom warn of little considered outcomes to budget cuts.
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

In an almost unprecedented public airing, the chief  federal prosecutors for both Missouri and Kansas have warned about outcomes they expect if law enforcement budget cuts continue into the next fiscal year.

Tammy Dickinson for the Western District of Missouri, which includes Kansas City, said job furloughs and tightened budgets will hamper the fight against crime.

Dickinson said a little realized consequence is that reducing staff will actually cut federal income, because fewer staff won’t be able to try cases that bring in multi-millions of dollars.

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Cops & Crime
10:28 am
Wed June 5, 2013

US Attorneys To Gather For Conference On Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault

Barry Grissom at the podium.
photo by dan verbeck

U.S. Attorneys from Kansas, Nebraska, and Iowa will gather next week for a conference centered on domestic violence and sexual assault in Indian Country. 

U.S. Attorney for Kansas Barry Grissom says the statistics on violence against women and girls in tribal communities can only be described as shocking.

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Government
9:08 am
Fri May 3, 2013

US Attorney General: New Kansas Gun Law Unconstitutional

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder contacted Gov. Sam Brownback earlier this week saying that a Kansas gun law barring federal regulation on Kansas-manufactured firearms is unconstitutional.

The Second Amendment Protection Act criminalizes the enforcement of federal laws on any guns that are made in Kansas and stay there. But, in a letter to the governor, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said that this is in direct conflict with federal law.

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