Lawrence courts

Appeals court considering case of Baldwin City mom who hosted teen drinking party
July 5, 2014
A Baldwin City mom admitted in court documents to letting her teenage daughter and underage friends party at her home one night last summer as she drank along with them. Yet Sherry Haskell was not found guilty of unlawfully hosting minors consuming alcohol. The Kansas Court of Appeals is now considering Haskell’s case, which hinges on a single word in the law she was charged with breaking. By Sara Shepherd
Testimony in federal drug trial: A brief high before business came tumbling down
July 3, 2014
A package that was more than $84,000 lighter by the time it reached California was among the early ripples felt in May 2012 by several of the eventual 43 co-defendants later arrested and indicted as part of a $17 million drug conspiracy. By Stephen Montemayor
Testimony: After break-in, federal drug case co-defendant ‘started from scratch’ with Dahdas, others
July 2, 2014
Around the time Peter Park began associating with Lawrence twins Los and Roosevelt Dahda, his yearslong venture in moving marijuana and cocaine had taken a major hit. By Stephen Montemayor
Testimony from ‘Spiderman,’ co-defendant in federal drug case, unfurls web of connections
July 1, 2014
Peter Park’s “Spiderman” moniker may play off his name, but as he testified Tuesday as part of a long-running federal drug trial whose defendants include two Lawrence twins, a web of connections unfurled. By Stephen Montemayor
Lawrence man receives probation in downtown peeping case
June 30, 2014
A Lawrence man charged with secretly videotaping people in downtown changing rooms in 2012 and 2013 has been sentenced to a total of 16 months in prison. Orion Graf entered no-contest pleas to two counts of breach of privacy in the Douglas County District Court earlier this spring. Monday morning, he was sentenced to 8 months for each count. The sentences will be served consecutively, with 12 months of supervised probation.
Kansas Supreme Court says KU Hospital on hook for $140,000 medical bill
June 27, 2014
The KU Hospital in Kansas City, Kan., will have to absorb the cost of treating a non-U.S. citizen who was supposed to be held for immigration authorities but was never taken into federal custody. The man jumped out of a fourth-story window at the Wabaunsee County jail facility, but the Kansas Supreme Court ruled he was not technically in the county’s custody at the time, and so the hospital cannot bill the county for the cost of his care. By Peter Hancock
Appeals court upholds same-sex marriage
02:07 p.m., June 25, 2014 Updated 05:41 p.m.
The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver said Wednesday that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry. The 10th Circuit includes Kansas, which means the decision would be binding on U.S. District courts here. But the appellate court stayed its order, pending a likely appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. By Peter Hancock
10th Circuit panel says states cannot ban gay marriage
June 25, 2014
A federal appeals court on Wednesday ruled for the first time that states must allow gay couples to marry, finding the Constitution protects same-sex relationships and putting a remarkable legal winning streak across the country one step closer to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Anderson County woman sentenced in federal drug conspiracy that included 2010 slaying in Eudora
June 23, 2014
On Monday, A 24-year-old Anderson County woman became the 14th defendant sentenced in federal court in connection with a methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy that included a 2010 killing at a home in Eudora. Tracy Rockers, of Greeley, will serve 162 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy and admitting to being present at the Eudora home where traffickers killed Gregory Price over unsettled drug debts in December 2010 and later disposed of his body in a refrigerator.
Douglas County District Court judge to retire but continue in judicial service
06:35 p.m., June 19, 2014 Updated 06:35 p.m.
The Douglas County District Court has announced that District Court Judge Michael J. Malone will retire from his position late this summer, but he will continue to serve a role within the Kansas judicial system.
Douglas County courts are sole source for same-sex divorce in Kansas
10:55 p.m., June 14, 2014 Updated 10:55 p.m.
The state of Kansas does not recognize same-sex marriages, even if they are performed in a state where such marriages are legal. That makes getting a divorce in Kansas especially hard, and the Douglas County District Court so far is the only court system in Kansas willing to grant them. By Peter Hancock
150 prospective Douglas County jurors affected by mailing error
June 13, 2014
Due to a mailing error, 150 prospective Douglas County District Court jurors were not summoned for the June 16 through June 27 service period.
Lawrence man charged with child abuse bound over for trial; daughter suffered 21 injuries, witnesses say
June 10, 2014
An 11-year-old girl suffered 21 injuries by the time her father finished disciplining her with a belt one late April evening in their Lawrence home, according to testimony in court on Tuesday.
Douglas County District Court warning residents of email scam
June 10, 2014
The Douglas County District Court clerk is warning Douglas County residents of an email scam.
Second man charged with December 2013 robbery sentenced
June 10, 2014
The second of three men charged in connection with a December 2013 robbery was sentenced to nearly five years in prison this week.