Publisher of Marion County Record Sues City Officials for Constitutional Rights Violation in Raid, Seeking Over $4.5 Million in Damages

WICHITA, Kan. – A lawsuit has been filed by Eric Meyer, publisher and editor of the Marion County Record, against the City of Marion and various officials. Last August, the newspaper’s offices underwent a police raid where electronics were seized. Meyer claims this violated his constitutional rights and attributes the subsequent death of his mother to the stress caused by the raid. Meyer’s lawsuit targets the City of Marion, former mayor David Mayfield, then-Police Chief Gideon Cody, acting chief Zach Hudlin, the Marion County Board of Commissioners, Sheriff Jeff Soyez, and detective Aaron Christner. Seeking … Read more

27th Annual Sonoma International Film Festival Shatters Attendance Record for 2024 Edition

SONOMA, California – The 27th Annual Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF) achieved a new record in attendance this year. Over the course of five days, from March 20 to 24, the festival showcased a total of 107 films, including both shorts and features. As the festival came to a close on Sunday, SIFF announced the winners of the 2024 Grand Jury and Audience Awards. Mohamed Kordofani’s “Goodbye Julia” was awarded the Grand Jury prize for Best Narrative Feature. Meanwhile, the Stolman Audience Award for Best Feature went to Patricia Font’s “The Teacher Who Promised The … Read more

Judge Reduces St. Paul’s Record Jury Award in Excessive Force Case, Cuts $10 Million to $2.5 Million

Minneapolis, MN – A federal judge has reduced the record jury award given to the family of Cordale Handy, a man fatally shot by St. Paul police in 2017. The award, initially set at $10 million in compensatory damages, has been decreased to $2.5 million after the city of St. Paul appealed the decision. U.S. District Judge David Doty described the original award as “patently excessive” and argued that it did not align with the limited evidence presented during the trial. Handy, who was under the influence of bath salts at the time of the … Read more

Swift Jury Decision: Jefferson City Man Convicted of Armed Credit Union Robbery in Record Time

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – In a swift verdict, a federal jury convicted Tre Joseph Connor, a 29-year-old resident of Jefferson City, for armed robbery of a credit union. The prosecution alleged that Connor entered the River Region Credit Union on West Truman Boulevard last year, wielding a 9-millimeter pistol, and successfully stole over $117,000. The jury reached its decision within a mere two-and-a-half hours. Connor is now facing a potential sentence of a minimum of seven years in prison, which could extend to a life sentence without the possibility of parole. To gain a deeper … Read more