#TBT: 1988 Firefighter Explosion Convictions Disgrace Kansas City

Newsflash . . .

A demand for "closure" railroaded people into a phony conviction and a horrible miscarriage of justice that continues to tarnish Kansas City history. 

Here's a worthwhile passage on the quality of an old school case . . . 

"Of the more than 50 government witnesses who testified that they heard the defendants boast about their involvement in the fire, 24 had been convicted of a total of 76 felonies for crimes that included assault, drug sales, prison escapes, embezzlement, counterfeiting, fraud, forgery, sexual assault, explosives violations and manslaughter."

Sadly, because there's not overt racial angle to this case . . . So many activists have ignored this miscarriage of justice.

Read more via www.TonysKansasCity.com link for the aftermath . . .

Defendant in 1988 Kansas City firefighter explosion wins $344,000 after suing for government records

A federal judge has awarded more than $344,000 in legal fees to a man who sued the Justice Department under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) after spending nearly 22 years in prison for the 1988 arson fire that killed six Kansas City firefighters.