Barry Grissom

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U.S. Attorney for Kansas Barry Grissom is stepping down on Friday after serving for nearly six years. His tenure has seen foiled terrorism plots, and the use of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act to arrest and convict numerous gang members in western Kansas. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur sat down with Grissom and has this interview.


U.S. Attorney for Kansas Barry Grissom is stepping down from his position.

Grissom, 62, announced Monday that his last day will be April 15. Pres. Barack Obama nominated Grissom in April 2010, and the U.S. Senate confirmed him later that year.

"Serving the American people and the citizens of Kansas is the best job in world,” Grissom said in a statement. “It has been an honor and a privilege to work with the attorneys and staff of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Kansas.”

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U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom announced Wednesday he is launching an Elder Justice Task Force in Kansas. The program looks to target nursing homes that provide “grossly substandard care” to residents.

Kansas is one of ten states chosen to help lead the task force. U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom says the main focus will be the investigation and prevention of financial or physical abuse of individuals because of their age.

U.S. Attorneys from Kansas, Nebraska, and Iowa will gather next week for a conference centered on domestic violence and sexual assault in Indian Country. 

It's Law Day: US Attorney Speaking At WSU

May 1, 2013

U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom will be at Wichita State University Wednesday to talk about public safety and human rights.

The speech, which is in conjunction with Law Day, begins at 1:15 in Hubbard Hall, room 209.