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Opening statements scheduled in case of Pratt man accused of raping KU student in dorm

Attorneys will deliver opening statements Tuesday morning in the case of a Pratt man accused of raping a 19-year-old Kansas University student inside a women’s residence hall on the KU campus in spring 2008.

August 17, 2009

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Attorneys will deliver opening statements Tuesday morning in the case of a Pratt man accused of raping a 19-year-old Kansas University student inside a women’s residence hall on the KU campus in spring 2008.

The defendant, who is now 21, is charged with aggravated burglary and rape in connection with the March 2008 incident at Gertrude Sellards Pearson Residence Hall.

Attorneys spent the majority of the day Monday questioning potential jurors before selecting a panel to hear the case.

Lawyers for both sides will make opening statements beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday in Judge Paula Martin’s courtroom in Douglas County District Court.

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Jimo 5 years, 4 months ago

Ill-informed: "Will justice be served?"

Yes, just as long as the victim isn't an enthusiastic, willful, deceitful, participant expecting "society" to protect them from their own self-destructive behavior.

The people of Douglas Co. have spoken clearly about their confidence in and gratitude for Judge Martin's service.

Sigmund 5 years, 4 months ago

Jimo (Anonymous) says…"The people of Douglas Co. have spoken clearly about their confidence in and gratitude for Judge Martin's service."

Too bad the Douglas County District Attorney and the Kansas Court of Appeals do not share in that confidence. It wasn't to long ago that Judge Paula Martin gave two defendants who gang raped a 13 year old girl 60 days (not months or years, days) in jail (not prison). After the outrage of the community and being admonished by a higher court she then ordered Ussery to serve 65 months in prison and Haney to serve 82 months. This was for a gang rape of a 13 year old. I imagine the community has every right and reason to be concerned about Paula Martin's judgment. http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2005/dec...

Jimo 5 years, 4 months ago

Sig - Thanks for explaining the purpose of the Kansas Court of Appeals. Being overturned by the Court or the Kansas Supreme Court is a routine part of being a judge. It happens to every judge sooner or later. It is the reason the entire appellate superstructure exists. If every trial judge got every twist and turn of the law right, we could save a lot of money!

But unless a judge's rulings are regularly overturned, it is also irrelevant to the quality of the their "work performance," such performance being periodically reviewed by the voters, who retain the right "to fire" the incompetent. Judge Martin's performance has been reviewed by the People and she has been retain in her position.

Sigmund 5 years, 4 months ago

Jimo (Anonymous) says… "Yes, just as long as the victim isn't an enthusiastic, willful, deceitful, participant expecting “society” to protect them from their own self-destructive behavior."

You mean just as long as the victim wasn't asking for it?

The fact that Judge Martin was re-elected after the circumstances of this case were widely discussed causes me to questioned the intelligence of the majority of Lawrence voters. Judge Martin and her supporters, who were largely committed to liberal feminists causes, argued that the sentence was reasonable because the 13 old girl was essentially “asking for it.” If a conservative male jurist had attempted to use this reasoning in sentencing a rapist of an adult to 60 days in jail, that judge would have been savaged by the very same folks who so feverishly supported Judge Martin.

Those people who actively supported Judge Martin are ideological hypocrites willing to deny justice to a 13 year old rape victim for political expediency. I can only hope that the next time Judge Martin abuses her discretion the Kansas Court of Appeals doesn't look at the citizens of Lawrence and say “hey, you were just asking for it.”

Jimo 5 years, 4 months ago

"causes me to questioned the intelligence of the majority of Lawrence voters"

That's strange, the majority of Lawrence voters had the same question about you. haha

Speaking of disdain for the People: Bob Novak is dead. (How long can Dick Cheney hang on?)

Sigmund 5 years, 4 months ago

Jimo (Anonymous) says… "That's strange, the majority of Lawrence voters had the same question about you. haha. Speaking of disdain for the People: Bob Novak is dead. (How long can Dick Cheney hang on?) "

I think I speak for all of Lawrence when I say the depth of your intellect and sharpness of your wit is, simply stated, stunning. I can only imagine that Judge Paula Martin is very very proud to have your unquestioned support and pleased with your public advocacy on her behalf.

Jimo 5 years, 4 months ago

That's alright Sig. Judges only get people riled up when they're too soft on defendants. The public is never concerned that sentencing is too harsh - they just complain on and on about how much government costs them.

Better to put someone away for 2 decades for $1M than to lock them up for a few months and then monitor their behavior. The prison industry depends on it.

Sigmund 5 years, 4 months ago

Jimo (Anonymous) says… "That's alright Sig. Judges only get people riled up when they're too soft on defendants. The public is never concerned that sentencing is too harsh - they just complain on and on about how much government costs them."

Take a poll and I would guess most normal people would think that 60 days for child rape is too soft on the convicted rapist. Please give an example of a specific sentence that was too harsh.

Jimo (Anonymous) says… 'Better to put someone away for 2 decades for $1M than to lock them up for a few months and then monitor their behavior. The prison industry depends on it."

Two decades sentence is almost never given except for the most heinous crimes, closely monitoring can cost just as much, and the risk of re-offending is greatly reduced while they are in prison. No one I know of complains that about the cost of prison for rapist or murders. Most people I know think it is worth the costs.

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