Federal grand jury may resume Missouri politics probe in March

Thursday, February 4, 2010

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A federal grand jury that apparently is looking at the link between political contributions and Missouri legislation has wrapped up for the week. But its work may not be done.

Grand jurors in Kansas City ended a two-day session Wednesday without any indictments in a pay-for-play probe involving former House speaker Rod Jetton and legislation regulating the adult entertainment industry. The grand jury is scheduled to meet again March 9.

On Tuesday, Republican Sen. Matt Bartle, of Lee's Summit, said he testified before the grand jury about the demise of his 2005 bill regulating sexually oriented businesses.

Jetton has denied any tie between political donations and his decision to send the bill to a House committee whose chairman opposed it.

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