Friday, September 16, 2005

Outta Here

Don Ledford and Burton Taylor, spokesmen for the U.S. Attorney's Office, will be out of town (and, of course, out of the office) on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 19 and 20, attending a conference in Washington, D.C. So, there'll be no blog until we return on Wednesday.

Friday's Schedule

Kansas City:
  • Don R. Davis (Gladstone), who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, will be sentenced at 2 p.m. in Courtroom 7B
  • Cynthia D. Stone (KCMO), who was charged with embezzling a $507 Section 8 rent subsidy check to which she was not entitled, change of plea at 2 p.m. in Courtroom 6D

Jefferson City:

  • Raymond Craig Higginbotham (Jefferson City), who pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, will be sentenced at 9 a.m.
  • Charles G. Sullins will be sentenced at 9 a.m.
  • Darrel David Alford (Buffalo, MO), who pleaded guilty to threatening the President of the United States, will be sentenced at 9 a.m.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Pledge of Allegiance

The following statement of U.S. Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales on the Pledge of Allegiance case was issued today:

"For more than two hundred years, many of our expressions of national identity and patriotism have referenced God. The Supreme Court, which opens each session by saying ‘God save the United States and this honorable Court,’ has affirmed time and again that such official acknowledgments of our Nation’s religious heritage, foundation, and character are constitutional. The Department of Justice will continue vigorously to defend the ability of American schoolchildren to pledge allegiance to the flag."

Former sheriff candidate sentenced

Randy Alan Hance (Rocky Comfort, MO), the former candidate for sheriff in McDonald County who pleaded guilty to illegally possessing a firearm, will be sentenced at 11 a.m. on Oct. 14, 2005, in District Courtroom 1 in Springfield.

Here's our news release reporting his guilty plea.

Thursday's Schedule

Kansas City:
  • Jason L. Clark (KCMO), indicted for conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, change of plea at 8:30 a.m. in Courtroom 7A
  • Chad M. Fullbright, who pled guilty to illegal firearms, will be sentenced at 9 a.m. in Courtroom 7C
  • Jonathan M. Arther (KCMO), who pled guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, will sentenced at 9 a.m. in Courtroom 7A
  • Larry D. Flanagan, waiver and plea at 9:30 a.m. in Courtroom 7C
  • Jerry L. Jones (KCMO), who pled guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, will be sentenced at 10:45 a.m. in Courtroom7C
  • Francisco Figueroa-Salas (Mexico), who pled guilty to smuggling illegal aliens, will be sentenced at 11 am. in Courtroom7A
  • Antonio L. Woodson, who pled guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, will be sentenced at 1 p.m. in Courtroom 7A

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Wednesday's Schedfule

Kansas City:
  • Brian M. Garner, indicted for illegal firearms, change of plea at 10 a.m. in Courtroom 7C
  • Anthony Hollinger (KC, KS), indicted for being a felon in possession of a firearm, change of plea at 11:30 a.m. in Courtroom 7C
  • Ramon A. Saenz-Madina, indicted for illegal firearms, change of plea at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom 7A
  • Christopher Cooper (KCMO), who pled guilty to assulting or resisting a federal law enforcement officer after he attempted to run over several officers during his arrest, will be sentenced at 2:30 p.m. in Courtroom 7A
  • Manuel Figueroa-Salas (Mexico), who pled guilty to smuggling illegal aliens, will be sentenced at 4 p.m. in Courtroom 7A

Springfield:

  • Doyle Eugene Goforth, Jr. (Mountain Grove, MO), who pled guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, will be sentenced at 9 a.m. in District Courtroom 1
  • Eric Eymard, who pled guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and to possessing a stolen firearm, will be sentenced at 10 a.m. in District Courtroom 1

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Jack Wayne Rogers -- appeal denied

The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals today upheld the 30-year prison sentence of Jack Wayne Rogers, the Fulton, Mo., man who pleaded guilty to child pornography and obscenity charges. Rogers appealed that sentence, complaining that it was too harsh, but lost his appeal today when the Court of Appeals affirmed the upward departure imposed by U.S. District Judge Scott O. Wright last year.

Here is our April 28, 2004, news release announcing the sentence.

From today's court ruling: "Rogers’s performance of numerous surgical nullifications without a medical license; his brutal and degrading conduct toward the motel room victim, inflicting injuries that almost killed her when he failed to seek appropriate medical care; his ingestion of severed male genitals and publication of this heinous conduct on the Internet; the exceptionally large number of pornographic and obscene images; his expressed interest in torturing children; his boast that he tortured, raped, and murdered a child -- these facts, taken together, are more than sufficient to warrant a substantial upward departure."

The court's published opinion is available here.

Tuesday's Schedule

No court docket posted today because, well, there's nothing newsworthy scheduled.

Kansas City:
  • Grand jury is in session today, with returns expected mid-afternoon.