Lawrence courts

No arrests, suspects in Cedarwood possible homicide; investigators remain on scene
November 11, 2014
Investigators remain at the scene of a possible homicide Tuesday after a dead woman was discovered Sunday evening in her Cedarwood Apartments residence at 1727 W. 24th St. As of Tuesday afternoon, no suspects have been identified and no arrests have been made in connection with the woman’s death, McKinley said.
Supreme Court puts hold on Tuesday expiration of Kansas gay marriage ban
01:46 p.m., November 10, 2014 Updated 05:37 p.m.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Monday put a hold on a lower-court order that would have opened the door for same-sex couples to get married in Kansas as early as Wednesday.
Douglas County judge orders sealed probable cause affidavit redacted, released
12:52 p.m., November 6, 2014 Updated 05:36 p.m.
Douglas County District Judge Sally Pokorny ruled Thursday that a redacted version of a previously sealed probable cause affidavit should be released to the public.
Kansas Supreme Court delays same-sex marriage hearing
November 5, 2014
The Kansas Supreme Court has delayed a hearing that was set for 10 a.m. Thursday to decide whether a Johnson County judge had the authority to order court staff to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples. In an order issued late Wednesday, the court said that question could be pre-empted by a separate federal lawsuit that is now being appealed to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. By Peter Hancock
Man sentenced for millions in false tax refunds
November 4, 2014
A southeast Kansas man was sentenced to more than three years in federal prison for receiving millions of dollars in false tax refunds.
Expelled for Twitter posts, former KU student fights university’s decision
November 1, 2014
A former Kansas University student is in enrollment limbo as the university continues to fight Douglas County District Judge Robert Fairchild’s ruling that KU did not have jurisdiction to expel the student for a series of berating social media posts he made about an ex-girlfriend. Navid Yeasin, a would-be senior, was expelled and banned from the KU campus in November 2013 for violating an order not to contact an ex-girlfriend by tweeting derogatory comments about her. Yeasin filed a lawsuit against the university in early 2014, challenging the decision.
Federal judge in Kansas says he’ll decide soon in gay marriage case
04:13 p.m., October 31, 2014 Updated 05:08 p.m.
The Kansas attorney general’s office has argued that a federal court should not weigh in on the state’s gay marriage ban until the Kansas Supreme Court has reviewed it. By Peter Hancock
Appeals court says Baldwin City woman can be charged with illegally hosting minors
October 31, 2014
The Kansas Court of Appeals said Friday that Sherry Haskell, of Baldwin City, can be charged with illegally hosting minors at a party in 2013 where teenagers were drinking alcohol and one teen was injured. The Douglas County District Court had dismissed the charge based on a narrow definition of the word “invitee.” By Peter Hancock
Lawrence woman charged with aggravated battery a no-show in court
October 30, 2014
Douglas County District Court Judge Jack Murphy issued a warrant for the arrest of a Lawrence woman charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon after she failed to appear in court Thursday.
Once-convicted murderer Martin Miller’s retrial put on hold
October 28, 2014
A Lawrence man once-convicted of his wife’s murder plans to ask the Kansas Supreme Court to force the Douglas County District Court to disqualify the Douglas County District Attorney’s office as prosecuting agency in his retrial.
Westboro church seeks to intervene in marriage lawsuit
October 27, 2014
The Topeka-based church founded by the late Fred Phelps, Sr., said in a court pleading that same-sex marriage “will bring great woe and harm to this state.” The church is seeking to intervene in a suit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union challenging the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. By Peter Hancock
Brownback selects McCabria as district judge in Douglas County
03:10 p.m., October 24, 2014 Updated 05:39 p.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback announced Friday that he selected Senior Assistant Douglas County District Attorney James McCabria to fill the vacancy created when Judge Michael Malone retired.
Journal-World files motion to open sealed arrest affidavits
October 24, 2014
Two Douglas County District Court judges have sealed the arrest warrant affidavits of three men charged with rape. The Lawrence Journal-World on Friday filed a motion to challenge the decision to close the first of the affidavits, citing a new state law that presumes that an arrest warrant is a public document after an arrest occurs.
Brownback appoints public defender to central Kansas judgeship
October 24, 2014
Gov. Sam Brownback has appointed a veteran public defender in Salina to fill a soon-to-be vacant district court judgeship.
85-year-old professor accused of sexual harassment battling KU and its policies in court
October 19, 2014
Three and a half years after a student accused him of groping her during a study session, a longtime Kansas University professor is still fighting KU in court. By Sara Shepherd