Lawrence courts

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
Abuse, neglect now main reasons Kansas removes children from homes
10:18 a.m., April 20, 2015 Updated 11:39 a.m.
Abuse and neglect are the primary reasons children are being removed from their homes in Kansas, which is a change from the past, according to figures from the Department of Children and Families.
Ex-lawmaker faces sentencing for fraudulent campaign loans
April 20, 2015
A former Kansas legislator is scheduled to be sentenced for defrauding a bank to help fund his political activities.
Ex-lawmaker faces sentencing for fraud to finance campaign
April 19, 2015
A former Kansas legislator is due to be sentenced for defrauding a bank to help fund his political activities in a federal case that highlights the state’s lax state campaign finance laws.
Anthem subsidiaries face lawsuit in Kansas over data breach
April 13, 2015
A former candidate for Kansas governor said Monday that he and other attorneys who are suing two subsidiaries of Anthem Inc. can show that individuals were harmed after hackers breached the health insurer’s computer networks.
Man accused of quadruple murders blamed ‘Omar and Chewy’ for the killings, according to court testimony; records end up sealed
04:23 p.m., April 8, 2015 Updated 10:19 p.m.
After Kyle Flack was arrested in the 2013 brutal killings of three adults and a toddler near Ottawa, he blamed “Omar and Chewy,” two men he said he met in prison, prosecutors told a Franklin County judge during a hearing Wednesday. But authorities determined that “Omar and Chewy” did not exist after investigators checked prison records and conducted background checks, said Victor Braden, a Kansas deputy attorney general who is working with the Franklin County county attorney to prosecute the case. In addition, the court has sealed most of the court file after it said it wouldn’t. By Karen Dillon
Jury finds Martin Miller guilty of first-degree murder in retrial
11:35 a.m., April 8, 2015 Updated 05:11 p.m.
Jurors on Wednesday found Martin K. Miller guilty of first-degree murder in the 2004 death of his wife, nearly a decade after he was convicted of the crime in a previous trial. By Caitlin Doornbos
Martin Miller retrial: Coroner testifies about Mary Miller’s interior bruising, cause of death
02:16 p.m., April 6, 2015 Updated 10:05 p.m.
Douglas County Coroner Dr. Erik Mitchell continued his testimony Monday in the retrial of Martin K. Miller, charged with first-degree murder in the July 28, 2004, death of his wife, Mary Miller, 46, at the family’s central Lawrence home.
Martin Miller retrial: Former mistress testifies about four-year affair
11:56 a.m., April 3, 2015 Updated 10:40 p.m.
Martin Miller’s former mistress, Carrie Parbs, testified Friday morning about her and Miller’s four-year affair, which culminated in a commitment ceremony celebration just weeks before his wife’s death. By Caitlin Doornbos