- Deputies: Man, woman tried to arrange killing of his estranged wife (5/21/17)1
- Former coroner convicted of felony theft now faces prison in misdemeanor case (5/23/17)2
- Cape police say man assaulted, kidnapped girlfriend (5/21/17)2
- Woman may lose foot after being hit by moped (5/24/17)
- Illinois Trail of Tears site where Cherokee buried named to National Historic Register (5/24/17)
- Business notebook: Woman, sister-in-law buy Perryville custom-wear shop (5/22/17)
- Police: Woman arrested after meth found hidden in pants (5/26/17)2
- Cape man accused of shooting a woman in Jackson (5/21/17)
- Police apprehend Charleston man they say hit Cape woman with car (5/24/17)
- Broadening horizons: Heartland Dream Team founder stays committed to area youth (5/21/17)2
With all of the attention Cape Girardeau County government has received recently, it has been all too easy to choose sides. In the process, angers have flared and emotions have been put on public display.
Now the prosecuting attorney, Morley Swingle, has asked the attorney general's office to look into the secret recording of a closed county commission meeting. It is against the law in Missouri to record a properly closed meeting without the consent of a majority of the officials in the meeting.
Meanwhile, Jay Purcell, 2nd District commissioner, has filed a lawsuit seeking judicial enforcement of the commission's adherence to the Missouri Sunshine Law, which requires all government business and records to be open to the public except in certain circumstances.
A review by disinterested third parties such as the attorney general's office or a judge may be both useful and instructive. There have been conflicting interpretations of the Sunshine Law by county officials, and having an outside review could help us all understand the practical applications of the law that requires open meetings and open records.