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Jean Peters Bakers decision to nudge Jackson County Legislator James Tindall out the door is another good example of the power that prosecutors hold in our justice system.
Weve known for years that Tindall is a convicted felon, a status that means he cant be a candidate under Missouri law. That hasnt stopped him from appearing on past ballots, though, and didnt stop voters from electing him twice after the conviction.
For reasons that remain murky, past prosecutors and political opponents never tried to legally bar Tindall from the ballot. For reasons that are equally murky now, the county prosecutor wanted not only to get him off the next ballot but to remove him from office immediately, presumably on the grounds that he has been illegally holding it.
By DAVE HELLING. 1 hour ago