Marion County Record

Kansas reporter sues Marion police chief, alleging retaliation in newsroom raid

BY: - September 5, 2023

TOPEKA — Police Chief Gideon Cody arrived at the Marion County Record and handed a copy of a search warrant to Deb Gruver, the veteran reporter who had questioned him about alleged misconduct at his previous job. As Gruver read the search warrant, she told Cody she needed to call her publisher and editor, Eric […]

The Society of Professional Journalists offered $20,000 to aid the legal defense of the Marion County Record, which was raided by local law enforcement Friday based on allegations the newspaper engaged in identity theft to secure information about a local merchant's drunken driving conviction. The Kansas newspaper says the information was legally obtained and the police search was illegal. (Sam Bailey/Kansas Reflector)

Newspaper’s lawyer chastises police for treating newspaper as ‘drug cartel,’ ‘street gang’

BY: - August 14, 2023

TOPEKA — An attorney representing the Marion County Record in the wake of a raid of the newspaper’s office urged Marion law enforcement officials to stop short of examining computers and other seized property pending a court hearing on whether the search violated legal standards. Bernie Rhodes, a lawyer from Kansas City, Missouri, said in […]