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Missouri Supreme Court considering future for KC man who claims innocence in 1996 double murder

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri’s Supreme Court is now considering what happens next for a Kansas City convicted killer.

Ricky Kidd was sent away nearly 22 years ago for the murders of two men. But all along he has proclaimed his innocence.

If there’s one thing Monica Gray is used to, it’s waiting. She’s been waiting 22 years for Kidd, her long-time boyfriend, to be proven innocent of the two murders.

“They’re giving us injustice,” Gray said. “The system is broken, and it needs to be fixed.”

Gray’s case is in the hands of the Midwest Innocence Project, with a legal team that includes a former Jackson County assistant prosecutor and UMKC law professor.

Although they contend Kidd never should’ve been convicted based on conflicting witness testimony, the only shot to clear his name now is with DNA.

“In our case, we won the DNA motion. We got an order that the DNA be tested

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Oak Park girl taken by mom during court-supervised visit found safe in Michigan hotel

A 6-year-old Oak Park girl who police say was taken by her mother from an Oak Park restaurant Saturday during a court-supervised visit has been found safe in a Farmington Hills, Mich., hotel, Oak Park village spokesman David Powers said in an email Tuesday evening.

Wendy E. Jarvis, 41, of the 1100 block of South Boulevard in Oak Park, is being held in the Oakland County Jail pending extradition back to Illinois, Powers said. Police say the girl’s father was headed to Michigan to pick up his daughter Tuesday evening.

On Monday, Cook County domestic relations Judge Regina Scannicchio issued an arrest warrant for Jarvis.

Authorities said Jarvis took her daughter out the back door of the Wild Onion Tied House, 1111 South Blvd. in Oak Park, at about 11:15 a.m. Saturday during a supervised visit. The court-appointed supervisor told police that Jarvis said she was taking her daughter to the restroom but

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Father of missing girl, 6, taken by mom during Oak Park court-supervised visit pleads for help – WLS

A father pleaded Tuesday for his young daughter’s safe return. The 6-year-old was taken Saturday by her mother, who does not have custody of the child, during a court-supervised visit at a restaurant in west suburban Oak Park.

PHOTOS: Missing girl taken by mom during supervised visit, police say

Zoe Stegmeyer’s father, Joshua, is distraught. He can’t sleep and he’s sick with worry, but he’s hopeful that his little girl is OK.

“So scared I can’t even think straight. Zoe is a very special little girl and she’s been missing for three days,” Joshua Stegmeyer said. “Zoe is 6 years old. Blonde hair, blue eyes. She was last seen with a black jacket, black boots, black leggings and her shirt had a sparkly heart pattern on the front.”

Zoe’s mother, 41-year-old Wendy Jarvis, was last seen with her daughter at The Wild Onion Tied House near South Boulevard and South Marion Street.

Around 11:15

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Oak Park police: Mom vanishes with missing girl, 6, during court-supervised visit – WLS

Police in west suburban Oak Park issued an urgent call for help to find a missing 6-year-old girl who is believed to be with her mother, who does not have custody of the child.

Zoe Stegmeyer was last seen by a court appointed supervisor at a restaurant near Marion and Pleasant streets.

She was with her mother, 41-year-old Wendy Jarvis, who is involved in a custody dispute with the girl’s father.

During the visit, around 11:15 a.m. on Dec. 16, Jarvis said she needed to take the child to the restroom and then slipped out a back door though the restaurant’s kitchen.

Police said this abduction does not meet the criteria for an Amber Alert, but they issued a national call for help, sharing information with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Illinois State Police are also expected to put out a missing person’s advisory.

Zoe has blonde, shoulder-length hair and was

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Oak Park police: Help needed to locate 6-year-old girl taken by mom during court-supervised visit

Police are searching for a 6-year-old girl who police say was taken by her mother over the weekend during a court-supervised visit in an Oak Park restaurant.

According to Oak Park police, Zoe Stegmeyer, who lives with her father in Schiller Park, was at the restaurant with her mother, Wendy E. Jarvis, 41, of the 1100 block of South Boulevard in Oak Park, and a court-appointed supervisor. Police said Jarvis reportedly exited the establishment through a rear door and fled with the girl at 11:15 a.m. Dec. 16.

Stegmeyer is described as 3-foot-4, 45 pounds, with blonde, shoulder-length hair. She was last seen wearing a black, quilted jacket, a black shirt with a heart on the front, black leggings, black boots and pink gloves.

Police said Jarvis is 5-foot-2, 144 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes. She was last seen wearing a gray, three-quarter-length peacoat, a green sweatshirt and black knit cap.

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FISA Court’s Secrecy Threatens to Subsume Our Open Court System

Things appeared to be going swimmingly for Keith Gartenlaub, a former Boeing engineer whose appeal of a 2015 conviction for possession of child porn was heard before the Ninth Circuit Monday, December 4. The hearing focused on whether the child porn should ever have been discovered; Gartenlaub’s lawyers argued that because child porn is not foreign intelligence, those files went beyond the scope of a warrant authorized by the secret FISA Court back in 2014.

FBI conducted the search in question—a sneak and peek search of his home over several days, during which a number of computer devices were secretly imaged—under FISA’s physical search provision, not the better known Section 702. But because it pertains to the use of data collected under FISA for criminal prosecutions, any decision in this case might affect back door searches currently conducted under that statute as well.

“The only thing the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance

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Putnam attorney charged in federal court for alleged child pornography – Charleston Gazette

A Putnam County attorney will attend his own preliminary hearing on Thursday, less than a week after he was arrested for the “receipt of child pornography.” 

Attorney Stephen Craig Sluss stored several graphic videos of girls between the ages of 5 and 7 on his home computer, according to an affidavit filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia.

He operates a law office in Hurricane, and he served as a public official in Kanawha and Putnam County for years. 

West Virginia State Police began an investigation after Chatstep, an online chatting service, reported a user to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. 

The user, “mckicker40,” was later determined to be Sluss, the affidavit states. 

Sluss allegedly uploaded an explicit image of a teenage girl to the website on May 13. The website is free and anonymous, which makes “photo sharing very easy,” according to the affidavit. 

Investigators apparently tracked

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Putnam attorney charged in federal court for alleged child … – Charleston Gazette

A Putnam County attorney will attend his own preliminary hearing on Thursday, less than a week after he was arrested for the “receipt of child pornography.”

Attorney Stephen Craig Sluss stored several graphic videos of girls between the ages of 5 and 7 on his home computer, according to an affidavit filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia.

He operates a law office in Hurricane, and he served as a public official in Kanawha and Putnam County for years.

West Virginia State Police began an investigation after Chatstep, an online chatting service, reported a user to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

The user, “mckicker40,” was later determined to be Sluss, the affidavit states.

Sluss allegedly uploaded an explicit image of a teenage girl to the website on May 13. The website is free and anonymous, which makes “photo sharing very easy,” according to the affidavit.

Investigators apparently tracked

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Minnesota Supreme Court considers whether late serial killer deserves case review

Convicted Minneapolis serial killer Billy Glaze is dead. So should the courts even consider claims that he might be innocent?

State Supreme Court justices heard arguments Monday morning about whether attorneys working for the Minnesota Innocence Project have standing to continue a petition for review of Glaze’s case.

Glaze, convicted in decades-old murders of three women, had been incarcerated for 28 years when he fell ill with lung cancer and died in December 2015, amid his attorneys’ efforts to exonerate him with new DNA evidence.

A district court judge agreed with Hennepin County prosecutors last year that Glaze’s appeal died with him. Glaze hadn’t yet proven his innocence with the evidence introduced, so there was no “live controversy” to be resolved, the judge found.

Attorneys for Glaze, however, argued on appeal that the public has an interest in learning whether the justice system worked fairly. Glaze’s name still deserves

Read more at: http://www.startribune.com/minnesota-supreme-court-considers-whether-dead-serial-killer-deserves-case-review/463491253/

Minnesota Supreme Court considers whether dead serial killer deserves case review

Convicted Minneapolis serial killer Billy Glaze is dead. So should the courts even consider claims that he might be innocent?

State Supreme Court justices heard arguments Monday about whether attorneys working for the Minnesota Innocence Project have standing to continue a petition for review of Glaze’s case.

Glaze, convicted in decades-old murders of three women, had been incarcerated for 28 years when he fell ill with lung cancer and died in December 2015, amid his attorneys’ efforts to exonerate him with new DNA evidence.

A District Court judge agreed with Hennepin County prosecutors last year that Glaze’s appeal died with him. Glaze hadn’t yet proved his innocence with the evidence introduced, so there was no “live controversy” to be resolved, the judge found.

Attorneys for Glaze, however, argued on appeal that the public has an interest in learning whether the justice system worked fairly. Glaze’s name still deserves to

Read more at: http://www.startribune.com/minnesota-supreme-court-considers-whether-dead-serial-killer-deserves-case-review/463491253/