"To some of us, whether we are in government or as citizens, the Kansas Supreme Court’s recent actions striking down the 2015 school-finance scheme could be seen as a wrongful power grab. Nothing could be further from the truth. The independence of the judiciary is not maintained for the benefit of the judges. It is for us — free citizens of a democratic republic governed under rule of law — for whom the courts stand open as fair and impartial tribunals."
"The Kansas Legislature is considering a bill that could have significant freedom of information implications. A bill has been sent from the Senate to the House that would make is more difficult to review body and vehicle footage recorded by police.
University of Kansas law professor Mike Kautsch says this is due to the intimate nature of the footage.
"University of Kansas Law Professor Lumen Mulligan spoke to the Senate Judiciary Committee on the topic of separation of powers. The committee requested his testimony after the Solomon v. State decision which at the time severed the state’s judicial budget when the court struck down the law which would have changed how chief district judges are selected.
A University of Kansas law professor who clerked for two Supreme Court justices and argued 9 cases there talks about the legacy of the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
One of the people mentioned as a possible successor to the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is Sri Srinivasan, a federal appeals court judge who grew up in Lawrence, Kansas. Profs. Six and McAllister share their reflections.
"A Kansas man who spent nearly 16 years in prison for a killing his brother later admitted to testified for a measure that would require law enforcement to record some interrogations.
Alice Craig, Bledsoe's attorney with the University of Kansas' Paul E. Wilson Project for Innocence, supports the interrogation recordings.
'We cannot say 16 years later how that would have impacted the investigation, but it could not have hurt,' Craig said."
"This is the scene inside the Paul E. Wilson Project for Innocence and Post-Conviction Remedies. All those files represent the life of a person in a Kansas correctional facility. It is those files that law students will be pouring over to determine if they can make a case to win that person a new trial and another chance at freedom or, at least, a more fair sentence - if it's warranted.
"Oliver Burnette’s reality is a constant reminder for him that even well-intentioned laws and the pursuit of justice can sometimes go extremely wrong.
Burnette, a 1990 graduate of Lee’s Summit High School, is the executive director of the not-for-profit Midwest Innocence Project (MIP). The Kansas City-based organization investigates and litigates cases of those wrongfully convicted of a crime in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa and Arkansas.
"Legislation introduced Tuesday, inspired in part by the exoneration of Floyd Bledsoe last December, would require law enforcement agencies to videotape interrogations of murder defendants in Kansas.
Rep. Ramon Gonzalez, R-Perry, introduced House Bill 2593 to mandate recorded interrogations of suspects arrested in connection with capital murder, first-degree murder and second-degree murder.
Alice Craig, Bledsoe’s attorney with the Paul E. Wilson Project for Innocence at the University of Kansas, supports the recording of interrogations.
"The Kansas House will debate a bill Wednesday to change the way Kansas Supreme Court justices are selected.
HCR 5005 would amend the state’s Constitution so that Kansas Supreme Court justices would be appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate, similar to the way judges are selected at the federal level.
If the proposal obtains a two-thirds majority in both the Kansas House and Senate, it would be added to the November ballot statewide.