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Kansas courts now in center of partisan politics

Judges in Kansas are finding themselves increasingly at the center of partisan political fights, an unusual position for the state courts. And that's likely to continue as Gov. Sam Brownback calls for changing the way state Supreme Court justices are chosen. Some argue that the courts need to become more accountable to the public, but other legal experts say the proposed changes would not help. By Peter Hancock

Kansas attorney general asks court to clarify school finance ruling

Attorney General Derek Schmidt says the three-judge panel handling the school finance lawsuit didn't explain what facts it relied on in its ruling that said current funding for schools is unconstitutional. He is asking the panel to revise its Dec. 30 opinion, which will delay any review by the Kansas Supreme Court. By Peter Hancock

Man convicted in accident in which KU student lost his legs gets three-year sentence

Former Kansas University student Julian M. Kuszmaul, of Lawrence, was sentenced to three years in the Douglas County Jail Thursday after being convicted in December of second-offense DUI, refusing to submit to alcohol or drug testing and possession of marijuana in connection with an August 2012 accident that cost a fellow KU student his legs.

More teleconferencing coming to Douglas County courtrooms this year

Douglas County Courts will complete their move into the teleconferencing age by the end of the year, District Court Chief Judge Robert Fairchild said. The court plans to install Polycom high-definition teleconferencing systems in the three courtrooms that don't already have them, Fairchild said. Three of the six courtrooms have teleconferencing systems. By Caitlin Doornbos

Court upholds expulsion of KU law student over criminal past

A federal appeals court has upheld the expulsion of a student at the Kansas University School of Law who lied about his criminal history on his application.

Preliminary hearing and arraignment set for Lawrence man charged in three cases since being shot by police in June

The preliminary hearing and arraignment of a Lawrence man charged with various offenses in three separate cases — aggravated assault of an officer, aggravated battery and DUI, eluding police, criminal threat, interference with law enforcement duties and battery of a law enforcement officer — was pushed to a later date after two witnesses were unable to attend the preliminary hearing set for Tuesday.

New hearing set for homicide suspect in home health care death

The next hearing for homicide suspect Ronald Eugene Heskett, 48, has been scheduled for Feb. 17.

Lawrence police arrest 39-year-old man on suspicion of indecent liberties with a child

Lawrence police arrested a 39-year-old Platte City, Mo., man Friday on suspicion of aggravated indecent liberties with a child.

KU law professor argues before U.S. Supreme Court

Kansas University law professor Stephen McAllister appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court Monday, arguing on behalf of more than 20 states, including Kansas, in a case involving alleged price fixing of natural gas and authority between state and federal governments, KU spokesman Mike Krings said.

Douglas County criminal defense attorneys important to process

As a criminal defense attorneys, Sarah Swain is one of many in Lawrence who to fight hard in order to ensure the justice system works, Kansas University Law professor and director of KU’s Project of Innocence and Conviction Remedies Jean Phillips said. Phillips, who Swain worked for in law school as a student intern, said defense attorneys ensure that the fact-finders have all of the information available. “If you really believe that juries are the ultimate finders of guilt, they can’t make that decision without all of the facts,” Phillips said. “There are times when the state just doesn’t have all the facts and you have to find more information. The only person who is going to do that is the defense attorney.” By Caitlin Doornbos

A car chase trial, the city's homeless population, Tiller donations and football

The National Weather Service in Topeka has issued a flash flood watch for Northeast Kansas from 1 p.m. Tuesday until 7 a.m. Wednesday. A slow-moving front and plenty of humidity will lead to high storm chances, mainly during the afternoon ...

Parkinson takes over as Kathleen Sebelius heads to Washington

A strong surge of moisture will provide the fuel for thunderstorms to quickly develop and overspread the area. Some of these storms could dump torrential rainfall. With saturated soils, water will quickly run off into area watersheds. Flash Flood Watches ...

Guilty pleas entered in Burger King robbery

Sunny and comfortable weather in the forecast today with a high of 67 degrees. Winds will be out of the NW around 10 mph. Partly cloudy skies overnight and cool, with lows dipping into the mid 40s. Even warmer weather ...

West side of town has more voters going to the polls

A strong east wind and scattered showers will dominate the day. The chance of showers picks up toward the evening. Look for a high of 59 degrees with a gusty east wind between 15 and 30 mph. The wind and ...

Topeka woman leads cops on county chase

Today's forecast: Cold, topping out at around 37 degrees with a chance of snow. Topping our news today: A Topeka woman hits and injures a Lawrence police officer during a high-speed chase; a jury convicts a Lawrence man of stabbing ...

City's water, sewer intake a concern

Today's forecast: Strong winds and much colder temperatures will dominate the day. Expect a high of only 41 degrees with a north wind between 15-25 mph and gusts near 30. That strong wind will keep the wind chill into the ...

Animal health campaign targets pudgy pooches, tubby tabbies

Dense fog will burn off as we head into mid-morning leaving us with a mostly sunny sky for the afternoon. Look for a daytime high of 89 degrees with the wind picking up out of the south between 5-10 mph ...

District Attorney Charles Branson files for third term

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson announces he will seek a third term in office.

Landowner Files Lawsuit over Trees Cut from Property Without Permission

Douglas County landowner Mike Capra talks about the events leading up to a lawsuit he has filed against a neighbor he believes cleared over 60 trees from his property to sell for firewood.

Drug offenders in Lyon County get a second chance with courts drug program.

Drug offenders in Lyon County get a second chance with the help of a strict program that helps some offenders get a straight and a new life.

Try Your Luck in Small Claims Court

Lawrence Journal-World reporter Chad Lawhorn gives us a look at what one could expect when trying your luck in small claims court.

New Douglas County Judge Kay Huff talks to LJWorld.com

New Douglas County Judge Kay Huff talks with Journal-World reporter George Diepenbrock.

Lawrence man bound over for trial after prelim hearing

A Lawrence man accused of a hit and ran accident involving a pack of bicyclists is bound over for trial. Scott Young's preliminary hearing was held Wednesday afternoon. Several witnesses took the stand, including the victim, as 6News reporter Theresa Freed explains.

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Judge Jean Shepherd: Each of these cases is about someone's life

Retiring Douglas County family court Judge Jean Shepherd talks about the cases she's heard and the children she's met over her career, and gives her advice for anyone taking her place.

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Suspects charged in shooting incident

Four Topeka residents were charged in court Wednesday for their involvement in a Monday morning shooting. The four people involved planned the robbery before committing the crime.