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Lawrence courts

Prosecutor previews federal $17M drug case as monthslong trial of Lawrence twins begins
April 18, 2014
The woman leading the prosecution of three men standing trial in federal court in a $17 million drug conspiracy case called Friday’s opening statement the “preview to a motion picture.” And, in this case, the title is “Operation Living Large #2.” By Stephen Montemayor
Second trial in 1997 rape case to proceed after judge denies motions to dismiss
April 17, 2014
Robert E. Grey will stand trial a second time on May 1. In 2012, a Kansas Court of Appeals panel overturned his 2009 conviction when it found that prosecutorial misconduct deprived Grey of a fair trial. Grey, who was sentenced to 26 years in prison, remains in jail on a $500,000 bond. By Stephen Montemayor
Federal trial set to begin in $17 million drug trafficking case
April 16, 2014
Jury selection begins Thursday in Kansas City, Kan., for a trial in a multimillion-dollar drug conspiracy case that included 43 defendants, several with Lawrence ties. Two Lawrence twins accused of helming a drug distribution ring in Lawrence from 2005 to 2012 are among the three remaining defendants who will stand trial. All others have accepted plea deals and may testify in a trial that is expected to last at least until June. By Stephen Montemayor
Motions hearing for 2012 manslaughter retrial postponed; victim’s father files suit
04:38 p.m., April 15, 2014 Updated 05:12 p.m.
Justin P. Gonzalez, 22, of Mission, will again stand trial next month for involuntary manslaughter in connection with the Feb. 25, 2012, death of Nicholas J. Sardina, a 27-year-old Lawrence man. Sardina’s father, Joseph Sardina, has also filed a separate wrongful death suit against both Gonzalez and the host of the party at which his son was struck in the head with a beer bottle. By Stephen Montemayor
Kansas budget could force court furloughs
08:43 a.m., April 14, 2014 Updated 10:55 a.m.
State court officials are unsure whether a Kansas budget approved this year by the Legislature will allow them to avoid furloughs for employees, while still providing additional funding for operations and a new document system. The Associated Press
Lawrence man, 48, pleads no contest to ‘sexually motivated’ aggravated battery
April 11, 2014
A 48-year-old Lawrence man charged with rape and aggravated kidnapping in July 2013 pleaded no contest to aggravated battery Friday following plea negotiations.
19-year-old charged with rape pleads not guilty; plea deal possible
April 10, 2014
A 19-year-old Lawrence man pleaded not guilty to rape Thursday in Douglas County District Court on a charge filed in February that accused him of sexual contact with a 13-year-old girl in October 2013.
Tonganoxie man to be sentenced for 2013 Lawrence Bank robbery
April 10, 2014
A 43-year-old Tonganoxie man will be sentenced next month for his role in a 2013 Lawrence bank robbery. Randy Ashworth pleaded no contest to felony robbery Thursday in Douglas County District Court for the Feb. 13, 2013, robbery of Lawrence Bank, 100 E. Ninth St. He was scheduled for a preliminary hearing but waived the hearing after reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors.
Federal prosecutors charge Lawrence man with falsifying tax return
April 9, 2014
Federal prosecutors charged a 30-year-old Lawrence man with filing a false tax return that claimed federal tax withholdings of $300,000 more than was true, the U.S Attorney’s office said Wednesday.
Man sentenced for illegally selling eagle feathers at Lawrence home
April 9, 2014
A man who illegally sold bald eagle and hawk feathers in Lawrence was sentenced Wednesday in federal court. By Sara Shepherd
Martin Miller, awaiting retrial of 2004 murder case, bonds out of jail
April 9, 2014
Martin K. Miller, 55, was released before noon Wednesday. Miller had been held on a $250,000 bond since being transferred from Lansing on March 19.
Federal election officials appeal ruling in voter citizenship case
April 9, 2014
Federal election officials have appealed a judge’s ruling requiring them to help Kansas and Arizona fully enforce state laws requiring voters to prove their U.S. citizenship.
Lawrence man ordered to undergo drug treatment for meth possession after prison sentences
03:50 p.m., April 8, 2014 Updated 04:20 p.m.
A Douglas County judge ordered a 43-year-old Lawrence man to undergo mandatory drug treatment for charges stemming from a 2013 arrest in which police found him in possession of methamphetamine and a “knuckle stun gun.”
Judge requests hard-drive data in case of alleged recording in shop dressing rooms
April 4, 2014
A Lawrence man charged with 10 felony counts of breach of privacy for secretly videotaping people in a downtown clothing store changing room must turn over decrypted information stored on a seized hard drive, a Douglas County judge said Friday.
Judge: Peeping case defendant must disclose hard drive contents
April 4, 2014
A Lawrence man charged with 10 felony counts of breach of privacy for secretly videotaping people in a downtown clothing store changing room must turn over decrypted information stored on a seized hard drive, a Douglas County judge said Friday.

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