I don't really know what to make of all this right now. Perkins is not the only person making allegations against Show Me Better Courts. In fact, Chris King at the St. Louis American had a really interesting story about two 10-13 year-olds gathering signatures for Show Me Better Courts telling people that they would get a new "air conditioners for their school" if they collected enough signatures. However, the school had just gotten updated ACs.
According to one Old North resident, proponents of a ballot petition to change the way judges are selected in parts of Missouri used adolescents to deceive the public when gathering the signatures the group needs to get its initiative on the ballot.
Graham Lane, a professor at St. Louis Community College–Meramec, said he was stopped between 4:30 and 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 29 at 13th Street and North Market, near his home, by two girls, both African-American. One, whose age he estimated at 10-13 years, approached him. When he responded, he said, the other, who “might have been a year or two older,” crossed the street.
He said the girl who approached him said they were students at Carr Lane School gathering signatures and, if they gathered enough, “somebody was going to give them air conditioners for their school.”
Read the whole thing here.
Update: Changed "Campaign for Liberty" in the 1st paragraph to "Show Me Better Courts," per a suggestion in the comments. It actually was just a mental slip on my part, not an effort to unfairly attack the Campaign for Liberty, so I'm glad the commenter caught it. However, I'm not exactly ready to endorse the commenter's enthusiasm for Campaign for Liberty given their willingness to label people in the city "looters."