Kansas Supreme Court strikes down judicial selection law, putting funding for courts in jeopardy

"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.”

Editorial: Kansas lawmakers must develop system to financially compensate exonerees

"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.

Web of lies, indifference to justice led to wrong Kansas brother being imprisoned for more than 15 years

"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."

“I’m just grateful:” Wrongly imprisoned for 16 years, brother’s suicide notes have set him free

"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.


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