Date set for U.S. Supreme Court to hear Douglas County traffic case

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A date has been set for the U.S. Supreme Court to hear arguments in a Douglas County case, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced Monday.

On Nov. 4, the high court will hear the state’s appeal in the vehicle-stop case of Kansas v. Charles Glover, according to a news release from the AG’s office.

Schmidt previously announced that the case would be among three appeals from Kansas that the Supreme Court would hear sometime this fall.

The Glover case — a traffic misdemeanor — was initially filed in Douglas County District Court in May 2016, according to court records.

Glover was cited for driving without a license, but that was overturned by the Kansas Supreme Court, Schmidt said in the news release. The Kansas Supreme Court ruled that a Douglas County deputy lacked reasonable suspicion to initiate a traffic stop when he ran a license plate search, discovered the owner of the vehicle had a suspended license, and suspected that the registered owner was driving the vehicle.

The state asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the Kansas Supreme Court’s decision.

As it does in all U.S. Supreme Court litigation, the AG’s office will represent Kansas, Schmidt said.

The other Kansas cases the U.S. Supreme Court will hear this fall are the Osage County capital murder case of James Kraig Kahler, on Oct. 7, and a Johnson County identity theft case on Oct. 16.

Schmidt said this is the “first time in modern Kansas history” that the state has had three cases pending before the high court at once.

“The U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear only about one percent of the cases they are asked to review each term,” Schmidt said in the news release. “It is highly unusual for a single state, especially a small state like Kansas, to have three cases pending before the Court simultaneously. We are working vigorously to prepare for these three arguments and look forward to presenting the State’s cases in the fall.”

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