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Congressional candidate has restraining order against two Mo. elected officials denied

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by Chris Nagus, News 4 Investigates Reporter and Adam McDonald, KMOV Digital Content Producer

(KMOV.com) – A Missouri congressional candidate who sued two of the state’s top elected officials was denied a temporary restraining order against those officials Monday.

Friday, things got heated when Investigative Reporter Chris Nagus started asking questions Paul Berry didn’t want answered.

Berry was in court suing Attorney General Chris Koster and Secretary of State Jason Kander, alleging congressional districts are gerrymandered based on race.

“When you utilize the Voters’ Rights Act, it disrespects every man, woman and soldier that died for that,” Berry said. “I support the law; I support the law when it’s supposed to be applied.” Berry said he wants the boundaries of Congressional District One, currently occupied by Lacy Clay, redrawn before this year’s primary election.

Berry maintains the lines of the first district minimize African American representation in neighboring district two. The judge rejected Berry's argument saying he did not present expert witnesses or evidence to support his claim. 

However, this isn’t the first time Berry has been in the spotlight. Berry, a bondsman, was accused of accepting money from potential customers, but not following through. One woman says she gave him $4,800, but hasn’t seen it since.

“He never got my son out,” said Charleseta Cole. “He was supposed to return the money, but he didn’t.”

Berry was scheduled to go to trial because he’s being sued by his landlord. The day before the scheduled trial, Berry filed for bankruptcy. However, when questioned about the bankruptcy claim, Berry deflected answers.

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