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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
Charges amended against supremacist suspect
October 19, 2014
Criminal charges have been amended against a supremacist accused of fatally shooting three people at suburban Kansas City Jewish sites.
Kansas attorney general appeals two death penalty decisions
October 17, 2014
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has formally appealed a decision to vacate death sentences of three men convicted in two separate murder cases.
Brownback fills vacant northeast Kansas judgeship
October 17, 2014
Gov. Sam Brownback has appointed a veteran Topeka attorney to a seat on the district court that considers challenges to state laws and agency actions.
Supreme Court hears water dispute between Kansas, Nebraska
10:59 a.m., October 14, 2014 Updated 12:46 p.m.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday considered how to resolve a long-running legal fight between Kansas and Nebraska over the use of water from the Republican River.
Kansas Supreme Court blocks gay marriage licenses
06:03 p.m., October 10, 2014 Updated 06:23 p.m.
The Kansas Supreme Court has blocked the state’s most populous county from issuing marriage licenses to gay couples, hours after the first one was issued under an order from a lower-court judge.
ACLU files lawsuit against Kansas gay marriage ban
October 10, 2014
The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal lawsuit against Kansas’ ban on same-sex marriage on behalf of two couples who were denied marriage licenses this week.
Arrest made in rape of 100-year-old-woman
October 10, 2014
Police in Wichita have arrested a suspect in the rape of a 100-year-old woman during a break-in at her home.
ACLU: Gay marriage lawsuit coming soon in Kansas
02:00 p.m., October 9, 2014 Updated 08:35 p.m.
Wedding plans of gay couples across Kansas were in limbo Thursday with all but one of the state’s 105 counties refusing to issue marriage licenses and the American Civil Liberties Union preparing to sue in a bid to overturn the state’s ban on same-sex unions.
U.S. Supreme Court to hear Kansas and Nebraska water-use arguments
October 8, 2014
Attorneys for Kansas and Nebraska will argue before the U.S. Supreme Court next week in a longstanding dispute between the states over using water from the Republican River.
Kansas gay rights group recruiting couples to challenge state’s ban on same-sex marriage
October 7, 2014
The Kansas Equality Coalition is encouraging gay and lesbian couples to apply for marriage licenses, knowing they will be denied. The group is recruiting plaintiffs to challenge a 2005 amendment to the Kansas Constitution that prohibits same-sex marriages. By Peter Hancock
Rulings give Kansas couples hope for same-sex marriages
Brownback: ‘Activist judges’ overruling Kansas voters
01:12 p.m., October 6, 2014 Updated 07:13 p.m.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to review five lower court decisions striking down bans against same-sex marriages. Two of those cases came from the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which has jurisdiction over Kansas. But legal experts say it’s unclear whether the rulings mean that Kansas courts will soon be required to apply the same standards here. By Peter Hancock