Headlines for Saturday, September 10, 2022
Kobach Resigns from "Build the Wall" Organization
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Kansas Republican Kris Kobach has resigned from the board of directors of "Build the Wall," a nonprofit organization that raised money it claimed would be used to build a wall along the U.S. southern border. The Kansas City Star reported that Kobach -- who is running for attorney general of Kansas -- resigned after the organization and Steve Bannon were indicted on charges of money laundering, conspiracy, and fraud. "We Build the Wall" is accused of transferring hundreds of thousands of dollars to third parties. Kobach has not been accused of wrongdoing by federal or New York prosecutors.
Justice Department: No Charges Against OP Policeman
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KNS) - After a two year investigation, the U.S. Justice Department is not filing criminal civil right charges against an Overland Park police officer who shot and killed a teenager in 2018. The Department concluded that Clayton Jenison did not willfully deprive 17-year-old John Albers of his civil rights. Officers were originally called to Albers' home on a mental wellness check after he posted videos indicating he might harm himself. Jenison said he shot Albers because he was afraid the teen would hit him with the minivan he was backing out of the family's garage. In 2019, Overland Park settled a wrongful death lawsuit brought by Sheila Albers for $2.3 million.
Kansas Grandmother Loses Challenge to Foster Care System
TOPEKA, Kan. (KNS) - A Kansas grandmother has lost her appeal to get her grandchild out of the Kansas foster care system. The Kansas Supreme Court Friday said the grandmother had no legal standing in the case because she hadn't earlier appealed temporary custody orders or objected when parental rights were terminated. The child, called N.E. in court documents, was placed into foster care and was ultimately adopted by a foster family. The Kansas News Service reports that the decision could have wide-ranging implications for how families appeal custody decisions and whether judges' rulings are final.