"Attorneys in a federal lawsuit challenging Kansas' proof of citizenship voting law are seeking to add another plaintiff in the case as part of their effort to turn it into a class action lawsuit.
"In a case that threatens all funding for the entire state judicial branch, the Kansas Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a new law that changes the way chief judges in the lower courts are selected.
In a 43-page opinion in the case of Solomon v. Kansas written by Justice Eric Rosen, the court upheld a lower court decision that said the new law violates the separation of powers doctrine as well as Article 3 of the state constitution, which gives the Supreme Court “general administrative authority over all courts in this state.”
"Floyd Bledsoe recently was released from prison after serving 15 years of a life sentence in the murder of 14-year-old Camille Arfmann near Oskaloosa.
The system clearly was not working for Floyd Bledsoe.
"Floyd Bledsoe is free, but injustices conscripting him to prison don’t vanish with turn of a key.
His experience as a wrongly convicted and belatedly released Kansan reflects a national norm. He served 15 years for rape and murder of teenager Camille Arfmann, who was coldly struck down in Jefferson County. In the United States, men and women exonerated with aid of post-conviction DNA testing spend an average of 14 years behind bars.
"On July 14, 2000, in Jefferson County District Court, Floyd Bledsoe was sentenced to life in prison for first-degree murder, and that sentence was topped off by an additional 16 years for kidnapping and indecent liberties with a child.
It wouldn’t be until more than 15 years later — in the same courthouse — that a web of lies, incompetence and indifference to justice would unravel and finally set Floyd free."
"After serving more than 15 years for a crime his brother admitted to in a suicide note last month, Floyd Bledsoe had little more than the flannel shirt and jeans he wore when a Kansas judge freed him Tuesday.
"A Kansas man who spent more than 15 years behind bars accused of murdering a teenage girl is now free, and prosecutors say it appears his brother was the one responsible."
"A man in Kansas has been declared innocent after spending 16 years in prison for murder. 39-year-old Floyd Bledsoe is now a free man.
'I’m just grateful,' Bledsoe said.
Judge Gary Nafziger overturned his convictions for first degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated indecent liberties in the death of his sister-in-law Camille Arfmann.
Arfmann was found dead with four gunshot wounds — one to the back of her head — back in 1999.
"A 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 his brother confessed in suicide notes that he was the actual killer and had 'sent an innocent man to prison.'
"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."