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For those of you who don't read the Kansas Federal Defender blog (you should, btw), there will be a free immigration/criminal law CLE in KCMO on September 18, 2008. The list of speakers is quite impressive. Here is the information about the CLE and how to sign up. As Melody Evans puts it on the...
Monique K. Centeno, Lawrence W. Williamson, Jr., and Sean Shores won in State v. Toney, No. 97,326 (Kan App. July 11, 2008), remanding for a new hearing on Mr. Toney's motion to withdraw his plea in a Sedgwick County burglary prosecution. The claim on appeal was that Mr. Toney's attorney at his...
Lydia Krebs won in State v. Mollett, No. 97,999 (Kan. App. Aug. 15, 2008), reversing a Sedgwick County burglary conviction and remanding for new trial. The COA majority concluded that by turning on lights, officers seized Mr. Mollett:Relying on our Supreme Court's decisions in Morris and Greever,...
Kip Elliot won an acquittal last week in State v. Sanders, ending a Shawnee County drug and trafficking prosecution. Kip said the jury was out about ten minutes. Short and sweet.Haven't heard much about verdicts lately from the field. Keep us up to date so we can keep everyone else up to date!
Here is a Hutch News article reporting that Sam Kepfield won an acquittal in a Reno County aggravated battery prosecution. The jury convicted of theft, but apparently didn't find the state's case persuasive on the person felony charged.
Here is a Kansas City Star article reporting that incumbent district judge Muriel Harris lost her primary race to assistant district attorney Constance Alvey.Here is a Wichita Eagle article reporting that incumbent district judge Rebecca Pilshaw narrowly won her primary contest against Ross...
Thanks to Shawn Minihan for tipping me on this nice lawrence.com article on the KU Defender Project, including memories of Jana Mackey, a Defender Project student that was killed earlier this month.
Here is a Lawrence Journal-World article reporting on a case where the KU Defender Project in conjunction with the Innocence Project, is getting some DNA testing in a decades-old rape case.
Several sitting prosecutors lost primary elections last night. Here is a Topeka Capital-Journal article reporting on a high profile race here in Shawnee County, where Eric Rucker easily defeated incumbent D.A. Robert Hecht. Rucker will face Chad Taylor in the general election.And here is an Olathe...
In a couple of related articles, What the Judge Ate For Breakfast is soliciting comments on views about elected vs. selected judges here. And this is a Hutch News/AP article reporting that the Commission on Judicial Performance will be issuing its report on appellate and district judges subject to...