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Sunday, April 22, 2018

JOPLIN NEWS FIRST POLL SAYS 'BARD SHOULD SERVE' DESPITE HIS RECORD



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JOPLIN NEWS FIRST POLL SAYS 'BARD SHOULD SERVE' DESPITE HIS RECORD
-Jasper County Prosecuting Attorney, Theresa Kenny, will decide
-February 1 Bard shared past misdeeds in an MSSU class broadcast on internet

(64804/64801) -- Josh Bard received 80% YES - he should serve - on our poll over the weekend. On Sunday he told Joplin News First, "The amount of support is absolutely heartwarming!"

Bard ran for one of 3 general election seats on the Joplin City Council and won. However it wasn't until after the election that Joplin City Attorney, Peter Edwards, brought Bard's past misdeeds to light noting, state law prohibits those convicted of felonies from holding public office. And he cited section 115.306 of Missouri law.

In a February 1 MSSU class broadcast on the internet and visible to the public, Bard admitted his past in depth. He engaged in a 24 minute discussion with MSSU Professor of Criminal Justice & Law Enforcement, Jacki J. Spurlin. (https://www.facebook.com/jj.spurlin/videos/10100495033681408/)

WHAT ARE BARDS SINS?
"Court records show that Bard, 44, pleaded guilty June 2, 2006, to a charge of manufacturing a controlled substance and was placed on supervised probation for five years by Judge Timothy Perigo in Newton County Circuit Court.

On July 9, 2010, Bard was cited for a probation violation in that case after he was arrested for driving while intoxicated. The judge extended Bard's probation to Jan. 1, 2012, on the special condition that Bard successfully complete addiction treatment." - The Joplin Globe, Debby Woodin, April 18, 2018

WHERE DO WE GO NOW?
Friday it was determined that Jasper County Prosecuting Attorney, Theresa Kenny, will decide if Bard is eligible to serve. And in peeling back the onion further he did resign - however the resignation was rescinded by Bard. But it was not presented and accepted in a council meeting yet.

It's not known when Kenny will make a decision but Bard told Joplin News First yesterday. "We have an opportunity to step and make the change we desire as a community. I may get bad news this week. But I will not be defeated. Your support, kind words and generosity have given me a huge amount of faith in our community."

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