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Federal prosecutors In Kansas City, Kansas, under fire for power plays in pursuit of 'justice'

Source: 
KCUR
Author: 
Dan Margolies & Mike McGraw
Date: 
Sunday, November 5, 2017

"Two recent cases involving prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s office in Kansas City, Kansas, point to a problem that some criminal defense lawyers say has been building for a long time: For years, they say, a small group of federal prosecutors in KCK has run roughshod over the rights of criminal defendants.

Cheryl Pilate, a criminal defense attorney who represented the recently exonerated defendant, Lamonte McIntyre, blames a clique of attorneys whom supervisors have failed to rein in.'There’s very little trust between the defense bar and some of the attorneys in that office – not all of them, but some of them,' Pilate said. 'The office has been problematic for many years. It’s a combination of very strong, contentious personalities some of whom don’t appreciate the defense function.'

In September, President Trump picked Kansas Solicitor General Stephen McAllister to serve as the next U.S. Attorney for Kansas. If the Senate confirms McAllister, a University of Kansas law professor and former dean of the law school, observers say he will have his hands full."

 

Faculty name: 
Stephen McAllister