Floyd Bledsoe, 39, from Kansas who spent fifteen years in prison was released after his brother confessed to the killing in a suicide note. Elizabeth Cateforis, a Supervisor Attorney, worked with the Project for Innocence and Post-Conviction Remedies at the University of Kansas School of Law, seeking a retrial for Floyd.
"Abortion rights advocates on Wednesday asked all 14 members of the Kansas Court of Appeals to find, for the first time, that the Kansas Constitution provides the same guarantee to privacy rights, including the right to an abortion, that the U.S. Supreme Court has found in the federal Constitution.
But attorneys for the state, as well as anti-abortion lobbyists, argued that the state constitution is much different, and that no such right can be found there.
"After 16 years behind bars for a murder his brother eventually took responsibility for, Floyd Bledsoe is a free man.
Bledsoe, who has been represented by attorneys with the Project for Innocence and Post-Conviction Remedies at the University of Kansas Law School and Midwest Innocence Project, smiled during much of Tuesday’s proceedings and hugged teary-eyed well-wishers after the judge agreed to release him. A crowd of roughly 50 people cheered inside the courtroom when the judge’s decision was announced."
A Kansas man who had served more than 15 years of a life sentence for the 1999 shooting death of his sister-in-law is a free man, after a county judge overturned his conviction.
Floyd Bledsoe was ordered released Tuesday after attorneys presented new evidence that implicated his late brother in the death of 14-year-old Camille Arfmann.
"A Kansas man who served more than 15 years of a life sentence for the 1999 shooting death of his sister-in-law was freed Tuesday after a judge overturned his conviction when new evidence implicated the man's brother as the likely killer.
The decision came after a Jefferson County Sheriff's investigator testified that Bledsoe's brother, Thomas, killed himself last month after DNA evidence implicated him in the death of 14-year-old Camille Arfmann. Thomas Bledsoe left behind suicide letters admitting he killed the girl.
"A Kansas man is free after spending 16 years behind bars for a murder his brother committed.
Floyd Bledsoe was serving a life sentence for killing his 14-year-old sister-in-law, Camille Arfmann. However, attorneys with the Project for Innocence and Post-Conviction Remedies at Kansas University released DNA evidence in late October showing semen found in Arfmann’s body likely belonged to Floyd’s brother, Tom Bledsoe."
"Floyd Scott Bledsoe was set free Tuesday after a Jefferson County judge overturned his life sentence for the 1999 murder of his 14-year-old sister-in-law.
New evidence, including DNA evidence and three suicide letters written by his brother Tom Bledsoe, indicate that Floyd Bledsoe was not the killer. Floyd Bledsoe spent more than 15 years in prison.
"It is widely regarded as one of the most shameful episodes in America's history.
But the internment of Japanese citizens during WWII would be Donald Trump's best hope of passing his ban on Muslims entering the US.
Constitutional experts said that internment was the closest precedent that Trump could turn to were he to try and implement his policy - even though it would be 'constitutionally dead on arrival'.
"Two separate courts are expected to act soon on lawsuits challenging a controversial state law requiring new voters to show proof of U.S. citizenship in order to register to vote.
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