President Trump uses ‘explicit power’ in pardon of Arpaio, KU professor says

"A University of Kansas professor said it’s well within the President’s powers to pardon former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, as he did last week.

'The President is given an explicit power in the Constitution to issue pardons,' said Richard Levy, the J.B. Smith Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Kansas. 'The Constitution doesn’t indicate any limits or substantive requirements or procedures. There aren’t any legal avenues to challenge the validity of a pardon.'”

Trump's Promise to Leave NAFTA Looks Like Another Empty Threat

"The president reaffirmed one of his most controversial campaign promises when he said, again, that he wanted to kill the North American Free Trade Agreement. 


Ending NAFTA, in fact, could ultimately do more harm to the US than to its neighbors, said Raj Bhala, a Rice distinguished professor at the University of Kansas and senior adviser for the law firm Dentons US LLP.

Man imprisoned for 17 years now freed after lookalike mix-up: 'I made it through'

"A man who spent 17 years behind bars for a crime he has always said he didn't commit is now free after a case of mistaken identity.

The conviction of Richard Jones, 41, has been overturned after the Midwest Innocence Project and the University of Kansas School of Law helped uncover what is now believed to be a wrongful conviction due to eyewitness misidentification."

Innocent Man Serves 17 Years for Robbery In Case of Mistaken Identity

"A Missouri man is free after serving 17 years in prison in what officials think was a case of mistaken identity.

Richard Jones, 41, was exonerated and released on June 8 after serving a majority of his 19-year sentence for aggravated robbery in Kansas City. Jones learned that a man who may have been the true culprit was in the same prison — and realized the man looks just like him, ABC News reports.


Jackson County paying $80,000 for Jacob Ewing prosecution

"Prosecution of the Jacob C. Ewing sex crime cases will cost Jackson County $80,000 — an amount larger than Jackson County commissioners would like, documents show, but likely reasonable according to legal experts.


Special prosecutors are brought in when there is a conflict of interest or hired by victims or their families, said Suzanne Valdez, a University of Kansas School of Law professor who teaches prosecution ethics. While likely uncommon in large district courts, special prosecutors are not infrequent in smaller districts like Jackson County.

This System Catches Vote Fraud and the Wrath of Critics

"Crosscheck is a computer system designed to detect fraud by finding matches in voter registration lists shared by dozens of states and thereby detecting suspected double voters.

But experts warn that Kobach could be laying the groundwork for voter suppression by using the presidential panel as a vehicle to push for the creation of a national version of the Crosscheck program. Critics fear that could lead to the widespread purging of eligible voters from the rolls because of false positive matches.

Interview: KU expert talks Middle East WTO dispute

"Qatar filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization on Monday to challenge a trade boycott against the nation led by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates. The move is the first step in a trade dispute among the four nations and sets in place a 60-day deadline to settle the complaint with the WTO before litigation or potential sanctions are put in place.

Raj Bhala, an expert in both international trade law and Islamic Law (Shari’a) at the University of Kansas, discussed the dispute with WIBW News Now’s Nick Gosnell."


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