Death penalty

Nun who inspired ‘Dead Man Walking’ to discuss death penalty in Lawrence
January 23, 2014
Sister Helen Prejean, the inspiration for the book and movie “Dead Man Walking,” will visit Lawrence next week to discuss the death penalty and its abolition.
Prosecutors, defense attorneys clash over proposed changes to Hard 50 law
August 26, 2013
State legislators today proposed patching the Kansas law that requires heinous murderers to serve at least 50 years in prison, but defense attorneys said the fix won’t last. The so-called Hard 50 law was thrown into question by a recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. By Scott Rothschild
Kansans wanting to repeal the death penalty applaud Maryland’s action
May 2, 2013
Kansans calling for repeal of the state’s death penalty were glad to hear on Thursday that Maryland became the 18th state to abolish capital punishment. By Scott Rothschild
Statehouse Live: Kansas opponents of death penalty tout Illinois repeal
March 9, 2011
House Bill 2323, which would repeal the Kansas death penalty and replace it with a sentence of life without the possibility of parole, is currently in the House Federal and State Affairs Committee.
Man suspected of murdering Great Bend teen challenges Kansas death penalty
January 22, 2011
The man accused of killing a teenager whose charred body was found at the Great Bend asphalt plant has challenged the constitutionality of the Kansas death penalty.
Exonerated prisoner seeks end of death penalty
August 20, 2010
The criminal justice system makes mistakes.
Showing of documentary film on death penalty planned Aug. 19 at Lawrence Arts Center
August 9, 2010
The ACLU and the Kansas Coalition Against the Death Penalty will host the documentary film “No Tomorrow” at 6 p.m. Aug. 19 at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H.
Appeals keep executions a long way off
March 1, 2010
Kansas legislators recently completed an exhaustive review of the death penalty that resulted in a 20-20 vote in the Senate that left capital punishment on the books.
Bill to abolish the death penalty fails in Kansas Senate
08:15 a.m., February 19, 2010 Updated 05:42 p.m.
Since 1994 when capital punishment was re-instated in Kansas, 10 men have been sentenced to die, but no executions have occurred.
Senate majority leader still hasn’t scheduled debate on repeal of death penalty
February 16, 2010
A bill repealing Kansas’ death penalty law remains stalled in the Senate.
Bill to abolish the death penalty may remain bottled up
03:24 p.m., February 12, 2010 Updated 03:24 p.m.
Senate Majority Leader Derek Schmidt, R-Independence, says he doesn’t know when or if the bill, which was approved last month by the Senate Judiciary Committee, will be considered.
Opponents of state’s death penalty law mobilizing
February 1, 2010
As the Kansas Legislature gears up for a debate about ending the death penalty in the state, advocates from the Kansas Coalition Against the Death Penalty are speaking out locally.
Kansas Senate panel endorses measure to repeal state death penalty
10:51 a.m., January 29, 2010 Updated 02:21 p.m.
A Senate panel endorsed a bill Friday to repeal the Kansas death penalty, saying it’s a debate that legislators must conduct.
Kansas Legislature poised to take up death penalty repeal
January 29, 2010
Legislation to repeal the Kansas death penalty law was awaiting possible action by a Senate committee Friday.
Statehouse Live: Death penalty repeal hearing starts
10:03 a.m., January 19, 2010 Updated 10:27 a.m.
Three-day meeting to look at proposals to get rid of capital punishment