Lawrence courts

Kansas Supreme Court clarifies standard in overturning DUI conviction
01:54 p.m., January 30, 2015 Updated 08:16 p.m.
In a 6-1 ruling, the Supreme Court said one of the three standardized field sobriety tests is too unreliable to give an officer probable cause to believe a driver is intoxicated. The court overturned the conviction of a Wichita man and remanded his case back to the district court. By Peter Hancock
Douglas County man appealing status as violent sexual predator
January 28, 2015
A Douglas County man who has been judged as a violent sexual predator will ask the Kansas Supreme Court on Friday to overturn that conviction. By Peter Hancock
Kansas courts now in center of partisan politics
10:15 p.m., January 25, 2015 Updated 10:18 p.m.
Judges in Kansas are finding themselves increasingly at the center of partisan political fights, an unusual position for the state courts. And that’s likely to continue as Gov. Sam Brownback calls for changing the way state Supreme Court justices are chosen. Some argue that the courts need to become more accountable to the public, but other legal experts say the proposed changes would not help. By Peter Hancock
Kansas attorney general asks court to clarify school finance ruling
January 23, 2015
Attorney General Derek Schmidt says the three-judge panel handling the school finance lawsuit didn’t explain what facts it relied on in its ruling that said current funding for schools is unconstitutional. He is asking the panel to revise its Dec. 30 opinion, which will delay any review by the Kansas Supreme Court. By Peter Hancock
Man convicted in accident in which KU student lost his legs gets three-year sentence
04:09 p.m., January 22, 2015 Updated 10:22 p.m.
Former Kansas University student Julian M. Kuszmaul, of Lawrence, was sentenced to three years in the Douglas County Jail Thursday after being convicted in December 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 fellow KU student his legs.
Martin Miller’s retrial in murder case to stay in Douglas County, judge rules
11:06 a.m., January 20, 2015 Updated 10:25 p.m.
The retrial of a Lawrence man convicted in 2005 of murdering his wife will take place in Douglas County after his lawyer asked for a change of venue, District Judge Paula Martin ruled last week.
More teleconferencing coming to Douglas County courtrooms this year
January 17, 2015
Douglas County Courts will complete their move into the teleconferencing age by the end of the year, District Court Chief Judge Robert Fairchild said. The court plans to install Polycom high-definition teleconferencing systems in the three courtrooms that don’t already have them, Fairchild said. Three of the six courtrooms have teleconferencing systems. By Caitlin Doornbos
Court upholds expulsion of KU law student over criminal past
02:21 p.m., January 13, 2015 Updated 10:02 p.m.
A federal appeals court has upheld the expulsion of a student at the Kansas University School of Law who lied about his criminal history on his application.
Preliminary hearing and arraignment set for Lawrence man charged in three cases since being shot by police in June
11:58 a.m., January 13, 2015 Updated 09:59 p.m.
The preliminary hearing and arraignment of a Lawrence man charged with various offenses in three separate cases — aggravated assault of an officer, aggravated battery and DUI, eluding police, criminal threat, interference with law enforcement duties and battery of a law enforcement officer — was pushed to a later date after two witnesses were unable to attend the preliminary hearing set for Tuesday.
New hearing set for homicide suspect in home health care death
11:08 a.m., January 13, 2015 Updated 10:03 p.m.
The next hearing for homicide suspect Ronald Eugene Heskett, 48, has been scheduled for Feb. 17.
Lawrence police arrest 39-year-old man on suspicion of indecent liberties with a child
12:18 p.m., January 12, 2015 Updated 10:04 p.m.
Lawrence police arrested a 39-year-old Platte City, Mo., man Friday on suspicion of aggravated indecent liberties with a child.
KU law professor argues before U.S. Supreme Court
11:47 a.m., January 12, 2015 Updated 10:05 p.m.
Kansas University law professor Stephen McAllister appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court Monday, arguing on behalf of more than 20 states, including Kansas, in a case involving alleged price fixing of natural gas and authority between state and federal governments, KU spokesman Mike Krings said.
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.