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The Warrant Unit is responsible for reviewing most cases submitted to our office to determine if a criminal charge will be filed. My goal for this unit is to review every case with a view towards holding accountable those who break the law and obtaining justice for victims and the community. The Warrant Unit attorneys are:

Penny Speake - Senior Assistant Prosecuting Attorney

Penny came back to the Greene County Prosecutor's Office in 2008 after four years in private practice. She is one of the most experienced prosecutors in our office with nearly twenty years of prosecution experience. Penny received her undergraduate degree from Southwest Missouri State University majoring in English. She then attended law school at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, where she was a Fisse scholar. While attending law school, she was awarded the Ali-ABA Environmental Law scholarship and was selected to serve in the Federal Civil Litigation Clinic. Penny graduated from Washington University School of Law in 1990. Penny has extensive training and trial experience in all areas of prosecution from traffic offenses to capital murder. Additionally, she was instrumental in developing the Restorative Justice Program.

Emilia Carlson - Assistant Prosecutor

Emilia joined the Greene County Prosecutor's Office in January 2013. She works in the Warrants Unit, in Associate Circuit Court, and handles Post-Conviction Relief matters in Circuit Court. Emilia graduated from the University of Kansas School of Law in May of 2012. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Speech from Northwestern University, and a graduate degree in Arts Management from the University of Florence, Italy. Before joining the Prosecutor's Office, Emilia worked for a number of arts organizations, including the Spoleto Festival in Italy, The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and the Springfield Little Theatre. Emilia speaks Italian, French and Spanish, and has taught legal seminars on courtroom presence, and risk management.