Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker

Central Standard
9:54 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Law 101: How In The Heck Does A Grand Jury Work?

Big questions are being asked about the recent grand jury hearing about the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, for example, whether justice was served. But there are simpler questions, too: When and why is a grand jury called? What's the prosecutor's role, in a grand jury hearing and otherwise? Who are the jurors, and why is their selection process a secret?


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5:04 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Grand Jury Refuses To Indict Cop In Killing Of Kansas City Firefighter

A  Jackson County grand jury has declined to file charges against a  Kansas City, Mo., police officer in the 2013 shooting death of a firefighter.

The criminal case is closed in the Dec. 1, 2013, death of Anthony Bruno.

Bruno and the policeman struggled during a brawl leading to the shooting on a downtown street. There had been a dispute over cab fare outside Bruno’s wedding reception party. The pair fought and struggled on the pavement as the officer tried to arrest Bruno.

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4:46 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Governor Nixon Vetoes Sex Registry Bill

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon warns of crime consequences held in vetoed sex offender registry bill.
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

Arguing that he was keeping nearly 900 sex offenders from being  let loose on unknowing communities, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon was in Kansas City explaining his veto of a bill passed by the legislature. 

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Cops & Crime
5:34 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Kansas City Murder Burst Contrasted With New Crime Fight Job

Tammy Dickinson, on right, U.S.Attorney for Kansas City, joins Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters-Baker in combat against violent crime.
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

Kansas City’s newest program to fight violent crime began today, aided by UMKC researchers, state and federal prosecutors, police and others.  The launch coincided with a chilling set of deaths.

A fresh double-homicide in south-side Kansas City had detectives going to work, one  hour before top crime fighters were gathering to describe the program, initially announced in May of 2012.

There had been 6 murders in the preceding 48 hours.

Into the mix comes the Kansas City No Violence Alliance or KC NoVA.

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Cops & Crime
11:03 pm
Thu November 22, 2012

Woman, Man Added To List Charged In Deadly Home Invasion

An Independence, Missouri woman and a Kansas City, Kansas man have become the third and fourth people charged in a triple murder during an Independence home invasion.

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Cops & Crime
1:01 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Verdict Expected In Bishop Finn Case

David Clohessy with SNAP, conferring with David Biersmith from Voice of the Faithful, outside the courthouse on Thursday.
Frank Morris KCUR

UPDATE at 3:30 pm: Bishop Robert Finn: Guilty on one of two counts. 

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