The NAACP isn’t clowning around.
The group is outraged after a rodeo clown at the Missouri State Fair donned a mask of President Obama while an announcer riled up the crowed by suggesting that the bull should run down the clown, Opposing Views reports.
“The activities at the Missouri State Fair targeting and inciting violence against our president are serious and warrant a full review by both the Secret Service and the Justice Department,” NAACP State President Mary Ratliff said in a statement. “Incidents involving individuals acting out with extreme violent behavior in movie theaters, schools, churches, political appearances and outdoor events in general speaks volume to the irresponsible behavior of all the parties involved with the incendiary events at the Missouri State Fair.”
Turns out, the clown had been banned for life from rodeos.
The controversy has prompted the resignation of the head of Missouri’s rodeo-clown organization.
Posted: August 16th, 2013 under News Story.
Tags: Justice Department, Missouri, Missouri State Fair, naacp, Obama, rodeo, rodeo clowns, Secret Service
A Missouri man was so spooked by an Internet scam that he tipped off police about child porn on his computer, the Springfield News-Leader reports.
Police say the unnamed man, who is now under investigation, panicked when he received an alert that the FBI wanted $200 to unlock his computer to search for porn.
Not knowing the alert was part of a computer virus, the man called police and said he believed there was porn on his computer that he had tried to delete in the past, according to the News-Leader.
When he took the computer into the police department for a look, cops said they found 20 images and a video of child porn.
Posted: November 16th, 2012 under FBI, News Story.
Tags: child pornography, FBI, Missouri, Virus
The FBI and U.S. Capitol Police are investigating rape and death against U.S. Rep. Todd Akins, his staff and his family, Reuters reports.
A spokesman for the Missouri Republican confirmed the investigation.
“There have been threats of rape of staff, (of) the congressman’s family and the congressman himself, and suggestions that people should die,” spokesman Steve Taylor told Reuters.
Akins, who is trying to unseat an incumbent Democrat in November, caught widespread criticism, including from his own party, when he said pregnancies are rare during “legitimate” rape because “the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
Neither the FBI nor the Capitol Police would comment on the case.
Posted: August 24th, 2012 under FBI, News Story.
Tags: akins, FBI, legitimate, legitimate rape, Missouri, Rape, rape threat, threat, Washington DC
By Allan Lengel
U.S. Atty. Beth Phillips/doj photo
Somebody inside the Beltway apparently likes Beth Phillips.
In 2009, President Obama appointed her as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri in Kansas City.
Earlier this week, the White House nominated the U.S. Attorney for a federal judgeship in Missouri.
Before becoming U.S. Attorney she was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the same district from 2008 to 2009.
Before that, she worked at the law firm of Bartimus, Frickleton, Robertson & Gorny from 2001 to 2008.
She also worked an Assistant Prosecutor with the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office from 1997 to 2001.
Posted: June 9th, 2011 under Milestone, News Story.
Tags: Beth Phillips, Missouri, President Obama, U.S. Attorney, western district
By Allan Lengel
WASHINGTON — States around the country are turning to the Justice Department for help in locating an execution drug, the Associated Press reports.
AP reported that 13 states signed a letter sent to the Justice Department asking for help scoring sodium thiopental after the only U.S. manufacturer stopped producing it and the overseas supplies became scarce.
The states that signed the letter included: Alabama, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
Justice Department spokeswoman Alisa Finelli told AP that the agency is reviewing the letter.
Posted: February 9th, 2011 under News Story.
Tags: Alabama, Colorado, Delaware, drug, execution, Florida, Idaho, Justice Department, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, Oregon, Tennessee, thiopental, Utah, Washington, Wyoming
By Allan Lengel
DEA personnel help dispose of drugs in Kennedale, Tex./dea photo
WASHINGTON — The DEA collected more than 242,000 pounds of unwanted prescription drugs from the public at more than 4,000 sites in 50 states as part of its “Take-Back” campaign held on Sept. 25.
“The Take-Back Campaign was a stunning nationwide success that cleaned out more than 121 tons of pills from America’s medicine cabinets, a crucial step toward reducing the epidemic of prescription drug abuse that is plaguing this nation,” said DEA Acting Administrator Michele M. Leonhart.
“Thanks to our state and local law enforcement and community partners—and the public—we not only removed these dangerous drugs from our homes, but also educated countless thousands of concerned citizens about the dangers of drug abuse.”
The DEA said some of the folks showing up included a Troy, Mo. a man who brought his kitchen drawer full of medication to empty at a collection site. The agency said a woman in Jacksonville, Ill., brought in nearly 50 years’ worth of medicines to a site.
Posted: October 6th, 2010 under News Story.
Tags: 50 states, campaign, DEA, Ill., Jacksonville, Missouri, prescription drugs, Take Back, Troy
This latest glitch only clouds the boundaries in the area of Internet law. Should we look at this as a setback for prosecutors or an opportunity for a judge to provide clarity for prosecutors in the future?
By Victoria Kim
Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES — When federal prosecutors in Los Angeles indicted a Missouri mother last year for committing an Internet hoax that apparently led to the suicide of a 13-year-old girl, they touted the novel legal approach that allowed them to file the case halfway across the country. On Monday, a U.S. district judge indicated they may have gone too far.
“Using this particular statute in this particular situation is so weird,” Judge George H. Wu said, calling some of the prosecution’s argument “troublesome.”
Wu’s comments came Monday afternoon at a hearing where Lori Drew, 50, was to have been sentenced. Wu delayed the sentencing until July, saying he wanted to consider a defense motion to dismiss the entire case.
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Posted: May 19th, 2009 under News Story.
Tags: Judge George Wu, Lori Drew, Missouri, MySpace
There’s trouble brewing in the “Show Me State”. It seems some politicians just can’t keep from profiting from their position of trust and power. This could be a big big scandal.
By DAVID A. LIEB
Associated Press Writer
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The FBI is questioning Missouri lawmakers about allegations that legislative leaders demanded campaign contributions in exchange for prestigious committee posts, legislative sources told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
Three lawmakers said they specifically were asked about House Minority Leader Paul LeVota, a Democrat from Independence. They spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the ongoing probe and because they didn’t want colleagues to know they had spoken with federal investigators.
In an interview with the AP, LeVota said he has not been contacted by the FBI. He denied any wrongdoing and suggested the accusations stem from a disgruntled political rival.
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Posted: April 1st, 2009 under FBI, News Story.
Tags: FBI, lawmakers, Missouri