Jefferson City, Mo. (April 20, 2017)
– On April 19, 2017, a Jackson County jury found defendant Isidro Cruz-Basurto, 33, of Kansas City guilty of four (4) counts of statutory sodomy in the first degree and two (2) counts of child molestation first degree. From 2012 to 2014, Cruz-Basurto molested a 7-year-old girl. When questioned, the defendant said he was conducting private medical exams in his bedroom to test if anyone else was abusing the victim. The defendant faces up to life imprisonment on each sodomy count, up to fifteen (15) years imprisonment on each molestation count, and a total minimum of at least forty (40) years.
Jefferson City, Mo. (April 19, 2017)
– Attorney General Josh Hawley released the following statement on the federal district court’s order on Planned Parenthood v. Williams
“Today a federal court struck down large portions of Missouri law that protect the health and safety of women who seek to obtain an abortion,”
Jefferson City, Mo. (April 18, 2017)
– First Assistant and Solicitor General John Sauer has announced the recusal of the Missouri Attorney General’s Office from the Trinity Lutheran case: “Last Thursday, Governor Greitens issued a directive prohibiting state agencies from denying public grants to religious groups on account of their religious nature,” Sauer said.
Jefferson City, Mo. (April 13, 2017)
– Attorney General Josh Hawley’s Office has won felony convictions in the St. Louis area against a storm-chaser scam artist and his company. Jack Edward Jones and Countrywide Shingle & Siding, L.L.C. pleaded guilty to criminal charges and agreed to repay nearly $100,000 in restitution to the twenty-three (23) Missourians defrauded by his scheme. Additionally, the Court ordered Jones to complete five (5) years of supervised probation, including the condition that Jones’ business bank account is subject to monitoring to prevent future fraud.