Ken Cannon, Kansas' most criminally charged gubernatorial candidate, has beat his first charge in court! The slippery would-be governor was found not guilty by a Salina judge of falsely impersonating a police officer during a telephone conversation ... with a real police officer.
The Reform Party candidate was accused of calling up Salina investigator Sean Furbeck on February 15 and identifying himself as "Officer Schoen" of the Manhattan Police Department. Furbeck then allegedly told Cannon who he was, and Cannon ended the call.
The call came during a messy and sad period of Cannon's life. His son Kirk
had died of a gunshot wound in January, which the police called a suicide.
Cannon, however, was convinced it was murder, and began investigating. The Salina Journal reports that Cannon is still pissed about how the police handled his boy's case, calling Furbeck "one of the investigators who spent 15 minutes and came to a consensus
decision that Kirk had committed suicide."
Cannon's lawyer successfully convinced municipal court judge Brenda Stoss that it was all a big
misunderstanding. Cannon wasn't saying he was Officer Schoen, he was looking
for Officer Schoen! He had just mistakenly put Furbeck's number
under the name of the Manhattan Police Department in his cell phone.
Duh. Stoss said the conversation didn't amount to the misdemeanor that he'd
been charged with.
However, Cannon is still impersonating a gubernatorial
The misdemeanor case was just a warm-up. Cannon needs to slip two more charges to stay out of the big house or off probation while he pursues the highest office on the prairie (until Kris Kobach folds it into the Secretary of State's office). The candidate is awaiting trial for a felony
charge threatening a nemesis' life (he told the man he "will blow [his]
ass up") and has been charged with making a false police report.