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District Attorney Charles Branson to run for third term

May 29, 2012


District Attorney Charles Branson files for third term

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

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson announced Tuesday he would seek a third term in office.

The county’s top prosecutor, a Lawrence Democrat, filed for re-election Friday with the Kansas Secretary of State’s Office.

“We’ve done a lot of new programs, a lot of innovation over the years,” Branson said in a Tuesday morning interview. “But one of the things we really continue to do is try to educate the public about this office, about crime, about crime prevention and about the things that we can do to make the community safer, to make the community a better place to live.”

Branson, 42, defeated incumbent District Attorney Christine Kenney, a Republican, in 2004, and he ran unopposed for his second term in 2008.

He supervises 13 prosecutors and 14 support staff members. The office’s budget is $1.5 million, and it handles prosecution of all felony offenses in Douglas County and misdemeanors that do not fall under a city’s jurisdiction.

Branson, who has a business administration degree and law degree from Kansas University, on Tuesday touted establishing a consumer protection division in his office and a crime victims compensation board in Douglas County during his current term.

The deadline for candidates to file is noon Friday.

If needed, a primary election for county offices is Aug. 7. The general election is Nov. 6.


somebodynew 5 years, 3 months ago

While not a surpise to me, I am GLAD to see this. I haven't agreed with everything he has done, but he has done a great job. Yes, I know most of the 'grunt' work is done by his employees, but he has picked a good crew and runs a good office.

Go Charles.

begin60 5 years, 3 months ago

The DA's office has big conflict-of-interest issues! They serve the interests of corrupt KU officials, for instance, at the expense of honesty and decency. The incompetence I witnessed in Lawrence and the illegal deals that lawyers do, including prosecutors in Douglas County is appalling. My freaking lawyer admitted that attorneys lie to everyone but each other. Such crooked and cruel and ignorant , soulless people! They muzzle people under threat of abusing them with the powers of law. The level of legal knowledge and respect is not high. It boils down to might is right.That's just not a civilized or intelligent way to run things.

Terry Sexton 5 years, 3 months ago

Didn't think this was gonna be the thread that pick-a-screen-name was gonna rant about. Thought it woulda been the article about KU being a great place to work. Hmm, maybe I'll check back on that one...

Lisa Rasor 5 years, 3 months ago

The DA enforces existing laws. If you want the laws to be tougher on crime, then you need to write your legislators. They are the ones who write the laws.

ilovelucy 5 years, 3 months ago

Charles, you have my support! So glad you are running. Thanks-

Steve Jacob 5 years, 3 months ago

I do agree with you sierraclub. I would like to see more time in this city for fatalities on DUI's, regardless if the other driver was drunk. Let a judge or jury decide to give them years or months.

All the Democrats should be safe in this county, but it's not like the young KU students will be as fired up to vote for Obama in 2012 like in 2008.

Jonathan Becker 5 years, 3 months ago

There were approximately 2,000 criminal cases filed in Douglas County last year. That number has been relatively constant over the past 15 years. If we follow the Cheeseburger model and have no plea bargains, then we would have over 38 trials every week. We currently have six judges so if everyone demanded a trial, we would need 32 more judges, just to satisfy the Cheeseburger model of justice. 32 judges, 32 administrative assistants, 32 court reporters would add approximately $8M in additional salaries. We would also need a much larger courthouse with 32 extra courtrooms. Courtrooms are going for about $4.5M per courtroom, so add another $144M for courtrooms. 38 trials a week would require 42 veniremen for jury, which would mean we need just slightly less than 83,000 potential jurors per year. Shoot there are only 85,000 people in Douglas county counting all the kids. Frankly I can't afford the Cheeseburger model of justice on my tax bill.

Plea bargains are the lubricant that moves the criminal justice system. Plea bargains also keep taxes low, unless you subscribe to the Cheeseburger model of justice. Shoot that is no Cheeseburger model. That is a Rolls Royce on top of a Aston Martin, on top of a Murcielago totin' a Ferarri.

Gareth Skarka 5 years, 3 months ago

Now, now, Slowponder.

Don't go confusing the issue with those pesky FACTS.

JackMcKee 5 years, 3 months ago

At least our D.A. doesn't outsource all his litigation to Wichita law firms.

I'll vote for Branson. Unless someone better decides to run.

Pitt_Mackeson 5 years, 3 months ago

He's one letter away from being the coolest D.A. ever! He'll be a vigilante - crime will pay!

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