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Developers of hotel at 900 N.H. seeking financial incentives from city

"Corliss said the city will have a third-party consultant develop a report that analyzes the project and determine whether the financial incentives are critical to making the project feasible."

He who picks and pays for the consultant will get the the report and recommendation they want.

March 8, 2012 at 9:23 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Ticket case’s legal aspects unclear

can8iv66049 (anonymous) says… "Two sides to EVERY story and we have only seen very little if any information on only one side so far.........."

What we do know:
1. police officers took basketball tickets and more than one but not a "ton" speeding tickets were dismissed as a result,
2. the facts of this case including the results of any police investigation have not been released to anyone outside the LPD, except only the names of the officers have been released to the DA to determine which current and past cases might be impacted because they were involved,
3. no one who knows the facts of this case has flatly stated that no crime (ie Kansas bribery laws) were committed.

February 23, 2012 at 8:11 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Ticket case’s legal aspects unclear

biggunz (anonymous) replies… "Well, I'm guessing you are not a part of the official investigation so your opinion really means nothing."

Correct, I am not part of the LPD who investigated the LPD and determined the LPD committed no crimes which seems pretty incestuous to me. The fact that the LPD and DA are not releasing a lot of pertinent facts that would help us mere civilians offer more informed comments must give you great comfort.

But then again since you are not a part of the official investigation your opinion really means nothing as well.

February 23, 2012 at 4:26 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Ticket case’s legal aspects unclear

biggunz (anonymous) replies… "Well, apparently, the people trained in the judicial process have determined no crime was committed."

Well I have been trained in the judicial process and I have not come to the determination that no crime was committed. In fact no one familiar with the case has said publicly that no crime was committed. The fact that the feds did not prosecute may be for a number of other reasons like they expect the local DA to prosecute under Kansas Laws as they have more pressing cases.

Looking at the facts we know and the law as published leads me and others to the conclusion the crime of bribery was committed:

21-6001. Bribery. (a) Bribery is:
(1) Offering, giving or promising to give, directly or indirectly, to any person who is a public officer, candidate for public office or public employee any benefit, reward or consideration to which the person is not legally entitled with intent thereby to influence the person with respect to the performance of the person's powers or duties as a public officer or employee; or
(2) the act of a person who is a public officer, candidate for public office or public employee, in requesting, receiving or agreeing to receive, directly or indirectly, any benefit, reward or consideration given with intent that the person will be so influenced.

(b) Bribery is a severity level 7, nonperson felony. Upon conviction of bribery, a public officer or public employee shall forfeit the person's office or employment. Notwithstanding an expungement of the conviction pursuant to K.S.A. 2011 Supp. 21-6614, and amendments thereto, any person convicted of bribery under the provisions of this section shall be forever disqualified from holding public office or public employment in this state.
http://kslegislature.org/li/b2011_12/...

So the next time Biggunz gets pulled over for speeding I suggest just offering $100 if the officer forgets all about it, either the officer accepts and you're golden, or if you are charged with bribery just tell the Police and the DA you didn't do this a ton of times and you won't be prosecuted as this is the new standard in Douglas County.

Not a fan of Laura Routh or police oversight boards, but if if the LPD new policy of self enforcement is "we didn't accept bribes a ton of times so it is a internal matter" and the DA goes along with that nonsense, then I am afraid we need a citizen oversight board for the LPD and a new District Attorney.

February 23, 2012 at 1:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Ticket case’s legal aspects unclear

somebodynew (anonymous) says… "Thank you George. While there are still questions out there, at least this was a balanced article that tried to shed some light on the process."

Agreed, good article George. But Khatib's comments are very concerning, "Khatib has said the ticket fixing does not involve dismissing “a ton” of speeding tickets, and it’s not “a widespread, systemic amount of officers.” Apparently the LPD can unilaterally dismiss tickets on a whim and only refer cases involving the Police to the DA when there are a "ton" of them. Apparently the occasional bribe to police officers are tolerated and only a internal matter.

If we can't trust police officers on small matters just how are we to trust them with more weighty responsibilities? After all police officers carry weapons and are given certain privileges and immunities to use deadly force. Their word at trial is often accepted as facts by juries who regularly convict defendants at trial. We expect that they have excellent judgement and character.

If the DA office gives a pass to the police who on the face of it have committed bribery but refuse prosecution because they didn't do it a ton of times, this gives the impression that both the Chief and the DA are willing to accept a certain amount of bribery in Lawrence because everyone does it.

The DA needs to charge these police officers with bribery and take them to trial. The officers can get a defense attorney and defend against those charges. Let the facts come out and let a jury of their peers make the close call, if it really is a close call which I doubt it is. I don't remember any case where civilians were given a "pass" on criminal charges just because they didn't commit the crime a ton of times.

February 23, 2012 at 7:36 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Douglas County prosecutors to review cases involving Lawrence police involved in dismissing speeding tickets

cheeseburger (anonymous) says… "Any guesses as to where the anonymous letter originated? My money is on Laura Routh."

I'll take that bet. Routh has never done anything anonymous, nope she would have held a news conference and written two letters to the editor.

February 21, 2012 at 10:05 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Douglas County prosecutors to review cases involving Lawrence police involved in dismissing speeding tickets

Food_for_Thought (anonymous) says… "It's funny...everyone is making a big deal about LPD referring to this incident as a "violation of department policy" and ignoring the "criminal" aspect of this issue."

Ever read a police report? In them police officers clearly state what laws they believe, based on their training, experience, and investigation were broken. This includes collecting evidence, obtaining statements and confessions, and stating what they believe are any aggravating factors. If they did not list bribery as a possible charge in their reports just what would you call it, an oversight?

Sure it is is up to the DA to file formal charges, but police regularly state in police reports what crimes they think are supported by their investigation, but somehow "bribery" just never came to mind? Go figure.

In any case, if the police investigated and the DA prosecuted, every city employee who had grease on their palms who was found next to a wheeler dealer campaign contributor with a oil can in their hand using it to lubricate the local government machinery, there would be a lot less resources to prosecute us civilians and they just can't have that.

Much like the case of our former mayor, this obvious felony will be deemed by the DA to be a "technical" violation that will never be "technically" prosecuted unless some outside entity like a state or federal AG gets involved. You can't fight city hall if the local police and DA just aren't interested in crimes committed by those who they pass in the halls, share office space with, or see at campaign fundraisers. Just wouldn't be neighborly.

February 21, 2012 at 9:40 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Douglas County prosecutors to review cases involving Lawrence police involved in dismissing speeding tickets

rvjayhawk (anonymous) says… "Who really thinks Branson will do anything?"

Especially if those attorney's practice criminal law in Douglas County, are democrats, and contributed to his to past campaigns or will contribute to his next election campaign?

February 21, 2012 at 7:35 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Douglas County prosecutors to review cases involving Lawrence police involved in dismissing speeding tickets

Typically traffic infractions like speeding are not crimes. However, offering or receiving any bribe is a felony. Seems like ALL parties need to be named and prosecuted.

21-6001. Bribery. (a) Bribery is:
(1) Offering, giving or promising to give, directly or indirectly, to any person who is a public officer, candidate for public office or public employee any benefit, reward or consideration to which the person is not legally entitled with intent thereby to influence the person with respect to the performance of the person's powers or duties as a public officer or employee; or
(2) the act of a person who is a public officer, candidate for public office or public employee, in requesting, receiving or agreeing to receive, directly or indirectly, any benefit, reward or consideration given with intent that the person will be so influenced.

(b) Bribery is a severity level 7, nonperson felony. Upon conviction of bribery, a public officer or public employee shall forfeit the person's office or employment. Notwithstanding an expungement of the conviction pursuant to K.S.A. 2011 Supp. 21-6614, and amendments thereto, any person convicted of bribery under the provisions of this section shall be forever disqualified from holding public office or public employment in this state.
http://kslegislature.org/li/b2011_12/...

Just another "technical" violation of the law that won't be "technically" prosecuted. If the DA prosecuted every city or county employee who technically violated the laws, there would be less time left for prosecuting civilians.

February 21, 2012 at 7:27 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Suspended police officers’ names not released

Typically traffic infractions like speeding are not crimes. However, offering or receiving a bribe is a felony. Seems like both parties need to be named and prosecuted.
http://kslegislature.org/li/b2011_12/...

February 19, 2012 at 4:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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