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Missouri Supreme Court hears a mid-Missouri TV station's argument for access to police evidence

September 29, 1999
By: Farrah Fite
State Capital Bureau

The Missouri Supreme Court heard oral arguments today(Wednesday) to determine if a mid-Missouri TV station should have access to police evidence. Farrah Fite has the story from Jefferson City.

After two court losses, Jefferson City TV station KRCG butted heads with Cole County Sheriff John Hemeyer in front of the Missouri Supreme Court. Channel 13 wanted to show surveilence tapes of former House Minority Leader Mark Richardson from the night he was charged with drunk driving.

Jean Maneke, counsel for KRCG, says the appellate court decision closed off large quantities of public records and is happy the Supreme Court chose to hear the case.

Actuality:MANEKE1.WAV
RunTime: 10 SX
OutCue: "very little case law on this issue."
Contents: Maneke says there is little case law on this issue and the decision will be very important in defining what a public record is.

Cole County Prosecutor Richard Callahan made no comments after presenting his argument in court. The Supreme Court's decision could be announced as early as October 26th. Farrah Fite from Jefferson City.


A mid-Missouri TV station's trial against Cole County reached the Missouri Supreme Court today(Wednesday) where the court heard oral arguments on whether or not the station should have access to police evidence. Farrah Fite has the story from Jefferson City.

Over two years ago Jefferson City TV station KRCG challenged Cole County Sheriff John Hemeyer when he kept the station from airing surveilence tapes of former House Minority Leader Mark Richardson from the night he was charged with drunk driving. With Channel 13's two court losses, the Missouri Supreme Court took it's turn.

Jean Maneke, counsel for KRCG, says she is glad the Supreme Court is hearing the case because the appellate court's decision kept large quantities of public records hidden.

Actuality:TAPE2.WAV
RunTime: 10 SX
OutCue: "public know what public leaders do."
Contents: Maneke says the law will digress if the appellate decision isn't overturned and the public has a right to know what public bodies do through public records.

Cole County Presecutor Richard Callahan gave no comments after he presented his arguments in court. The Supreme Court's decision could be released as early as October 26th. Farrah Fite from Jefferson City.