Lawrence courts

Martin Miller’s attorney argues murder retrial should be moved because of prejudice in jury pool
December 31, 2014
The attorney of a Lawrence man accused of his wife’s 2004 homicide argued in Douglas County District Court Monday that his client’s trial should be moved to a different venue following 10 years of publicity, court documents said.
Reactions to Kansas school finance ruling vary across political spectrum
04:53 p.m., December 30, 2014 Updated 10:53 p.m.
Advocates for public schools generally applauded Tuesday’s court ruling that said current funding for K-12 education is unconstitutional. But others criticized the ruling, which is certain to be appealed to the Kansas Supreme Court. By Peter Hancock
Kansas court orders more state spending on schools, suggests at least $548 million more per year
12:31 p.m., December 30, 2014 Updated 10:53 p.m.
A state district court panel has ruled that Kansas isn’t spending enough money on its public schools to provide a suitable education for every child.
Guidelines to help judges with frivolous pleadings
December 30, 2014
The Kansas Supreme Court is studying proposed guidelines for judges grappling with people who file repetitive, malicious or frivolous pleadings.
Lawrence woman sentenced to 32 months in prison for robbery
December 29, 2014
The third of three co-defendants in a summer home-invasion robbery in Lawrence was sentenced Monday for her involvement in the crime.
Kansas Supreme Court reverses murder convictions
December 28, 2014
The Kansas Supreme Court has reversed the murder convictions of a Salina man accused of killing one man during a burglary and another man after an argument.
A losing proposition? In 10 years, Douglas County juries haven’t convicted anyone in alcohol-fueled acquaintance rape cases
December 27, 2014
In the past 10 years, Douglas County juries convicted three rapists who physically overpowered their victims, threatened them with weapons or broke into their homes. But in the few rape trials involving a drunken victim who had been socializing with her alleged attacker, juries acquitted the accused rapist each time, a Journal-World analysis of a decade of adult rape cases found. More cases of the same sort never went to trial, and defendants either pleaded to lesser crimes or saw their charges dismissed altogether. By Sara Shepherd
Hashinger Hall rape case dismissed; judge rules affidavits will remain sealed
December 19, 2014
The Douglas County District Attorney’s Office on Friday dismissed rape charges against two men, both 21 and one a Kansas University student, which stemmed from two women’s allegations that they were sexually assaulted at Kansas University’s Hashinger residence hall. By Caitlin Doornbos
Judge finds man guilty of DUI, drug possession in accident in which KU student lost his legs
December 18, 2014
Douglas County District Judge Kay Huff found Julian M. Kuszmaul, of Lawrence, guilty of second-offense DUI, refusing to submit to alcohol or drug testing and possession of marijuana in connection with an August 2012 accident that cost a Kansas University student his legs.
New jury trial date set for woman charged in slaying of Cici’s Pizza owner
December 18, 2014
Douglas County District Judge Paula Martin set a new jury trial date for a 20-year-old Lawrence woman charged with first-degree murder in the January death of Cici’s Pizza franchise owner Harold M. Sasko. Sarah B. Gonzales McLinn, previously scheduled for a Jan. 5 court date, will now face her jury on March 16.
Two men arrested after high-speed chase Saturday morning
December 15, 2014
A 24-year-old Pittsburg man was charged Monday with attempting to elude a police officer, cocaine possession, DUI and possession of drug paraphernalia after he allegedly led police on a high-speed chase through eastern Lawrence early Saturday morning.
Leavenworth man sentenced to 36 months in prison for Lawrence home-invasion robbery
December 15, 2014
Douglas County District Judge Sally Pokorny sentenced a 19-year-old Leavenworth man Monday to 36 months in prison for an August home-invasion robbery in south Lawrence. Darvon Thomas, who was originally charged with aggravated robbery, pleaded no contest to robbery as part of a plea deal in October.
Judge considers sealing probable cause arrest affidavit of Eudora man charged with first-degree murder
December 12, 2014
Douglas County District Judge Peggy Kittel is considering sealing the probable cause affidavit justifying the arrest of a man charged with the September homicide of his home-care client.
Preliminary hearing set for men charged in alleged Haskell rape
December 11, 2014
Douglas County District Judge Paula Martin set a March 25 preliminary hearing Thursday for two men charged in connection with the alleged rape of a woman in a Haskell Indian Nations University dormitory last month.
Kansas law enforcement looking at ‘fair and impartial’ policing
December 10, 2014
Kansas is not changing the way it trains officers in light of recent furor over events in Ferguson, Mo., and New York City, but law enforcement trainers in the state have started a conversation about the importance of “fair and impartial policing” to avoid situations of racial discrimination in police work.