KU Innocence Project helps free man from prison after wrongful robbery conviction

"A University of Kansas law school effort helped free a wrongfully convicted man from prison this week.

Richard Jones was released from prison on Thursday, after his robbery conviction was overturned in Johnson County District Court the previous day, according to a news release from the Midwest Innocence Project and the KU School of Law’s Paul E. Wilson Project for Innocence. Jones had served 17 years of a 19-year sentence for an aggravated robbery conviction stemming from a 1999 purse-snatching at a Walmart parking lot.

KC man jailed 17 years for purse snatching released after judge overturns conviction

"A Kansas City man who spent nearly 17 years in prison for purse snatching was released Wednesday after a judge overturned his conviction.

The 10th Judicial District Court in Johnson County vacated Richard Jones’ 1999 aggravated robbery conviction. He had been sentenced to more than 19 years in prison.

But according to officials with the Midwest Innocence Project, Jones was convicted based solely on eyewitness identification, despite presenting a verified alibi.

Drawing of political districts divides by party, not race, says KU professor

"The racial gerrymandering decision handed down by the United States Supreme Court this week concerning two districts in North Carolina may change things for states that are becoming more diverse, says a University of Kansas law professor.

'The Court has traditionally said it is legally permissible to allow a state legislature to gerrymander a district to give one political party advantage,' said Lumen ‘Lou’ Mulligan. 'The Court has said, we will not allow you to gerrymander a district so as to play racial politics. That’s been the law for a number of years.'”

Islam-friendly finance and shari'a law

"The Muslim financial industry is the fastest growing industry in global finance - so understanding Shari'a or Islamic law is becoming increasingly important for doing business overseas. Kathryn Ryan discusses the opportunities, polemics aand pitfalls with the University of Kansas School of Law's Professor Raj Bhala and Brian Henry the Managing director of Shari'a-approved KiwiSaver fund Amanah Ethical."

KC Council facing fast-track decision on Burns & McDonnell airport proposal

"Kansas City Council members on Tuesday peppered Mayor Sly James with questions about Burns & McDonnell’s proposal to build and finance a new airport terminal, even as the mayor called for a quick decision so the public can vote on the plan in November.


City Councilman Quinton Lucas, who teaches contract law at the University of Kansas, said it’s essential that the city negotiate a solid agreement with Burns & McDonnell.

Native American Sovereignty: Should Indians have more control over their land?

"Native American lands contain $1.5 trillion in untapped coal, oil and other energy resources. The potential bounty is raising hopes among many Indians that energy development can help tribes reduce poverty on their reservations, where unemployment averages 19 percent. But development also is raising fears that it will threaten Indians' traditional way of life and harm the Earth. In addition, the dispute is raising tough questions among Indians, lawmakers and others about energy development and the limits of tribal sovereignty.

Kansas Secretary Of State Kobach To Help Lead Presidential Commission On Voter Fraud

"Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to help lead a commission on voter fraud and suppression, a body he has promised to create since taking office nearly four months ago.

Kobach, who has gained national notoriety for his claims of widespread voter fraud, will serve as vice chair alongside Vice President Mike Pence, who will chair the commission.
Mark P. Johnson, a Kansas City attorney who has challenged Kansas’ proof of citizenship law, says he’s willing to give Kobach the benefit of the doubt.


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