10:07 AM
Jessica White (mug shot SCSO)

Stone County prosecutor Matt Selby has recused himself from the case of a Crane alderwoman charged with assaulting a law enforcement officer.

The Missouri Attorney Generals Office will now appoint a special prosecutor to handle the case against Jessica White.

White, and four of her family members, were arrested on May 5th following a traffic stop of her cousin, Brittany Barnett, who was pulled over on the White's property.  Barnett's husband, Thomas, was arrested on an outstanding warrant out of Crane before the incident with the White's, who are claiming police brutality, allegedly took place.

Stuart Huffman, of the Whiteaker and Wilson law firm in Springfield, is now representing White after attorney Dale Wiley left the case.

Whiteaker and Wilson is the same law firm representing Robin Miller in a federal civil lawsuit filed against deputy Brandon Flack, who is one of the officers accused of using excessive force in the arrest of the White's.

In the federal filing by attorney Brandon Potter, Flack is accused of violating Miller's fourth and fourteenth amendment rights and using excessive force while arresting Miller on a DWI charge on January 30, 2012, in Galena.

Attorney Richard Crites, who is also a reserve deputy for the Stone County Sheriff's Office, filed a defamation lawsuit against White, Wiley and others saying his clients, Deputies Taylor Jenkins and Brandon Flack, were only doing their job when they were assaulted by Jessica White. 

White's husband, Jordan, and her father-in-law Donny "Stick" White are facing charges of interfering with an arrest.
White is due back in court on July 17th, according to online court records.


Brooke said...

I can't wait for this trial in Stone County! This lawsuit against the officers is a waste of time and money.