Lawrence courts

Eudora man ordered to stand trial on premeditated first-degree murder charge in death of disabled man
05:03 p.m., May 22, 2015 Updated 10:42 p.m.
A 49-year-old Eudora man charged with premeditated first-degree murder in the Sept. 11, 2014, death of a disabled Lawrence man was ordered to stand trial and pleaded not guilty to the charge at a Friday court hearing.
Last of five codefendants pleads no contest in home-invasion robbery case, could receive probation
11:25 a.m., May 22, 2015 Updated 10:33 p.m.
A 21-year-old Lawrence man who was the first of five codefendants to be arrested in connection with a Nov. 8, 2014, home-invasion robbery pleaded no contest Friday to two charges of robbery. Originally charged with aggravated battery, aggravated burglary and three counts of aggravated robbery, Zachary John Pence pleaded no contest to the two robbery charges as part of a plea deal with the state.
36-year-old Topeka man charged in connection with pistol-whipping incident
05:34 p.m., May 21, 2015 Updated 10:20 p.m.
A 36-year-old Topeka man was charged Thursday with aggravated battery, aggravated assault and interference with law enforcement after allegedly pistol-whipping his girlfriend and resisting arrest in Lawrence Wednesday night.
Chief Douglas County judge seals affidavit in alleged massage parlor human-trafficking case
11:52 a.m., May 21, 2015 Updated 10:15 p.m.
In a letter dated Tuesday, Chief Douglas County District Judge Robert Fairchild denied the Journal-World’s request that the court release the affidavit supporting the arrest of a 45-year-old woman accused of prostitution and human trafficking at a Lawrence massage parlor.
Two charges added, one dismissed for one defendant in rape case
12:56 p.m., May 13, 2015 Updated 10:46 p.m.
One of two men accused of a November 2014 rape in a Haskell Indian Nations University dorm room was charged Wednesday with two additional counts in connection with the incident and another count was dismissed following a decision by Douglas County District Judge Paula Martin.
School funding lawsuit could set stage for constitutional showdown
May 10, 2015
Sometime in the next few weeks, or perhaps months, three judges will issue a ruling that could set the stage for constitutional showdown between the Kansas Legislature and the judiciary.
Alleged fugitive from Mississippi charged with indecent solicitation of a child in Douglas County
05:19 p.m., May 4, 2015 Updated 10:04 p.m.
A 28-year-old transient man was charged Monday with one count of indecent solicitation of a child and one count of obstruction of the legal process.
Teen sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison for sex crimes
01:37 p.m., May 4, 2015 Updated 10:06 p.m.
A Yuma, Ariz., teenager who pleaded no contest to three sex crimes in Douglas County District Court last year was sentenced Friday to 7 ½ years in prison, according to court records.
Lawrence man’s status as sexually violent predator affirmed
11:27 a.m., May 1, 2015 Updated 10:23 p.m.
Kodi Thomas was convicted in 1996 of attempted rape and aggravated burglary. Although he has completed his criminal sentence, he will now be confined indefinitely at Larned State Hospital for treatment as a sexually violent predator. The Kansas Supreme Court’s decision comes as the treatment program at Larned is coming under increasing criticism. By Peter Hancock
Longtime KU professor accused of sexual harassment loses appeal
11:42 a.m., April 30, 2015 Updated 10:24 p.m.
The Kansas Court of Appeals has sided with Kansas University in the case of a longtime professor accused of groping a student during a study session at a restaurant. Zamir Bavel, a tenured professor of Information Processing Studies who has taught at KU since 1968, was disciplined by KU after the female student accused him of sexually harassing her in 2011. By Sara Shepherd
Judge grants ‘own recognizance’ bond for Lawrence man charged with aggravated indecent solicitation of a child
05:16 p.m., April 28, 2015 Updated 10:41 p.m.
Douglas County District Judge Kay Huff on Tuesday granted an “own recognizance” bond for a 29-year-old Lawrence man charged with two counts of aggravated indecent solicitation of a child.
Defendant in Cedarwood Apartments homicide ordered to wear GPS monitor if he posts bond
05:07 p.m., April 28, 2015 Updated 10:44 p.m.
Chief District Judge Robert Fairchild ordered at a hearing Tuesday that the man charged with first-degree murder in the Nov. 7, 2014 homicide of 19-year-old Justina Altamirano Mosso must wear a GPS monitoring system if he posts bond after the prosecutor on the case said she had heard that the man could be a flight risk.
New trial sought for woman convicted of murder in CiCi’s Pizza owner’s death
01:41 p.m., April 28, 2015 Updated 10:50 p.m.
The attorney representing Sara Gonzales McLinn, 20, convicted of first-degree murder in the death of CiCi’s Pizza owner Harold “Hal” Sasko, is seeking a new trial. McLinn’s sentencing, originally scheduled for Wednesday, has been delayed so that a hearing on the motion for a new trial can be heard.
Kansans watch closely as Supreme Court hears gay marriage cases
04:53 p.m., April 27, 2015 Updated 09:58 p.m.
The question of whether states must allow same-sex marriages could be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court before the case in Kansas ever comes to trial. The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Tuesday in four cases from Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. Currently in Kansas, same-sex marriages are only authorized in Douglas and Sedgwick counties while a lawsuit challenging the state’s ban is pending in federal district court. By Peter Hancock
Student’s motion in Hall v. KU case trumpets ‘academic transparency’
01:06 p.m., April 21, 2015 Updated 10:21 p.m.
The Kansas University student trying to obtain a business teacher’s emails has submitted a formal motion in the lawsuit over her records request, urging the court to let her have the documents. “The academic question is whether Plaintiff is speaking for himself or promoting an agenda, and possibly profiting, by or for, some outside source,” her motion says. By Sara Shepherd

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