Lawyer Facing Contempt For Contacting Jurors

 Tess Koppelman of Fox 4 News in Kansas City is reporting that one of the defense attorneys in the Ted White case is facing potential contempt sanctions for sending jurors a questionnaire asking them about their findings in the case. The jurors recently awarded White $16 million in his civil rights suit against detective RIchard McKinley. In most jurisdictions, attorneys must obtain the court's permission before contacting jurors. 

Federal Jury Awards Ted White $14 Million

A federal jury in Kansas City has awarded plaintiff Ted White $14 million in compensatory damages in his wrongful conviction trial. White is a former Lee's Summit businessman who was charged with child molestation ten years ago. White sued Lee's Summit police officer Richard McKinley, who was the lead investigator on the case. McKinley had an affair with White's wife shortly after White was arrested, but the affair was not disclosed during White's trial. McKinley wound up marrying White's wife after the two got divorced. White spent almost six years in prison before his conviction was overturned on appeal. White's attorneys convinced the jury that White was denied the right to a fair trial. White's attorneys argued that McKinley failed to disclose a diary of White's daughter - White defended the decision, stating the diary did not contain information relating to sexual abuse. The diary disappeared before White's first criminal trial. White's attorneys also argued that McKinley tainted the investigation by speaking with White's daughter before she submitted to a forensic interview. The jury also awarded $2 million in punitive damages against White. White was represented by Mike Kanovitz of the Chicago law firm of Loevy & Loevy.