Lawrence courts

Lawrence man sentenced to 21 months in prison for role in hotel arson
August 25, 2014
A 57-year-old Lawrence man has been sentenced to 21 months in prison for setting a North Lawrence motel on fire this spring. District Judge Sally Pokorny handed down to the ruling Thursday afternoon, also sentencing Coker to 12 months of post-release supervision.
Lawrence woman, 33, charged with two counts of child endangerment
August 18, 2014
A Lawrence woman has been charged with two counts of child endangerment after allegedly leaving her young children alone for up to two hours last weekend. Cecilia Augustina Gutierrez, 33, made her first appearance Monday, via video, in Douglas County District Court, where Pro Tem Judge James George entered a not-guilty plea on her behalf and set a bond of $1,500.
Stegall a finalist for Kansas Supreme Court
04:44 p.m., August 5, 2014 Updated 06:56 p.m.
A former top aide to Gov. Sam Brownback is among three finalists for a vacant seat on the Kansas Supreme Court.
Jury selection postponed in retrial of Florida murder case with ties to Lawrence
04:41 p.m., August 4, 2014 Updated 10:41 a.m.
Jury selection has been postponed until December in the retrial of a one-time Kansas University student accused of killing a former Lawrence resident in a 2011 hit-and-run. The process was originally scheduled to begin Monday, Aug. 4.
Panel interviewing Kansas Supreme Court applicants
August 4, 2014
A Kansas commission is interviewing 14 judges and attorneys who applied for a seat on the state Supreme Court and plans to forward three finalists’ names to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback.
Moritz takes seat on 10th Circuit
July 31, 2014
Former Kansas Supreme Court Justice Nancy Moritz was sworn in Wednesday as the newest judge on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. By Peter Hancock
Kansas capital case rulings prompt legislative ire, concern about how justices are appointed
July 28, 2014
The Kansas Supreme Court’s decision to overturn two brothers’ death sentences for a robbery, rape and killing spree are likely to fuel another push by conservative Republicans to give the governor and legislators more say in how the justices are chosen.
Lawrence twins, associate found guilty of conspiracy in $17 million federal drug case
11:50 a.m., July 23, 2014 Updated 04:56 p.m.
A 12-person federal jury on Wednesday found Lawrence twins Los Rovell Dahda and Roosevelt Rico Dahda and associate Justin Cherif Pickel, of California, guilty of conspiracy after a monthslong $17 million drug conspiracy trial.
Third sentencing ordered for man who put kids in dryer
July 21, 2014
A Hutchinson man convicted of putting two children in a hot clothes dryer as punishment will be resentenced for the third time.
Kansas court names new judicial commission members
July 17, 2014
The Kansas Supreme Court has named a legislator and two district court judges to the commission that reviews complaints against judges.
Deliberation in federal drug conspiracy trial of Lawrence twins, associate to resume next week
04:52 p.m., July 15, 2014 Updated 07:17 p.m.
KANSAS CITY, KAN. — A verdict in the long-running $17 million drug conspiracy trial of Lawrence twins Los Rovell and Roosevelt Rico Dahda, and California associate Justin Pickel, will have to wait at least one more week. By Stephen Montemayor
No verdict in federal drug conspiracy trial; jury deliberation resumes Tuesday
July 11, 2014
Unable to reach a verdict by the weekend, a 12-member jury will continue deliberating Tuesday in the $17 million federal drug conspiracy trial of two Lawrence twins and their California associate. By Stephen Montemayor
Judge rules for Kobach on voter registration
09:15 a.m., July 11, 2014 Updated 06:22 p.m.
The American Civil Liberties Union and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach are heading to court again in their battle over Kobach’s attempts to enforce a proof-of-citizenship requirement for new voters.
$17M federal drug conspiracy trial now in jury’s hands after closing arguments
06:06 p.m., July 10, 2014 Updated 07:17 a.m.
A case complex from the start — $17 million, 43 defendants, thousands of pounds of marijuana — concluded with closing arguments rife with analogies. Now, a 12-member jury must decide the fate of two Lawrence twins and their California associate standing trial in federal court since April. By Stephen Montemayor
$17M federal drug trial of Lawrence twins, associate going to jury soon
July 9, 2014
The long-running federal drug conspiracy trial of Lawrence twins Los Rovell Dahda and Roosevelt Rico Dahda, and their California associate, Justin Pickel, is expected to be handed over to the jury as early as Thursday. By Stephen Montemayor