Lawrence courts

Douglas County criminal defense attorneys important to process
January 10, 2015
As a criminal defense attorneys, Sarah Swain is one of many in Lawrence who to fight hard in order to ensure the justice system works, Kansas University Law professor and director of KU’s Project of Innocence and Conviction Remedies Jean Phillips said. Phillips, who Swain worked for in law school as a student intern, said defense attorneys ensure that the fact-finders have all of the information available. “If you really believe that juries are the ultimate finders of guilt, they can’t make that decision without all of the facts,” Phillips said. “There are times when the state just doesn’t have all the facts and you have to find more information. The only person who is going to do that is the defense attorney.” By Caitlin Doornbos
Lawrence man found guilty of attempted murder; co-defendant sentenced to 100 months in prison
05:08 p.m., January 9, 2015 Updated 10:03 p.m.
A 25-year-old Lawrence man pleaded no contest to a charge of attempted second-degree murder and a 21-year-old Eudora woman was sentenced to more than eight years in prison Friday for their involvement in the Memorial Day shooting on Highway 59 of Skylar Workman, 24, of Lawrence.
Lawrence police: Wanted man threatens officers with knife at Wal-Mart
05:31 p.m., January 8, 2015 Updated 10:40 p.m.
A 24-year-old Oskaloosa man who had a felony warrant for his arrest is in the Douglas County Jail Thursday after using a knife to threaten Lawrence police officers attempting to arrest him just before midnight at Wal-Mart, 550 Congressional Drive.
Court tosses age-discrimination lawsuit against Boeing, Spirit AeroSystems
January 7, 2015
A federal judge has tossed out the remaining age discrimination claims in a long-running lawsuit against the Boeing Co. and Spirit AeroSystems.
Kansas school finance ruling could pave way to overhaul formula
January 1, 2015
A three-judge panel on Tuesday declared current funding for public schools in Kansas unconstitutional. But rather than ordering lawmakers to increase funding by a specific amount, the court actually left the door open for a variety of options, including an overhaul of the school finance formula, which Gov. Sam Brownback and many Republican leaders have said they want. By Peter Hancock
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.