Freed Kansas inmate faces challenge getting compensated

"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.

But Bledsoe's new beginning doesn't come with a monetary apology from taxpayers. Unlike more than half of U.S. states, Kansas has no law setting forth the monetary value of lost time for those wrongly convicted.

Kansas Supreme Court hears judicial selection appeal

"Kansas Supreme Court justices spent nearly two hours grilling attorneys on both sides of a case that could determine how independent the judicial branch of government is from the legislative and executive branches.

At issue is the case of Judge Larry T. Solomon, chief judge of the 30th Judicial District in Kingman County, who is challenging a 2014 law that changes the way chief judges are selected.

Abortion case tests limits of Kansas Constitution

"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.


Floyd Bledsoe released after his 2000 Jefferson County murder conviction is overturned

"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."

Judge overturns Bledsoe's murder conviction, released after 16 years behind bars

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.


Judge overturns Kansas man's conviction in sister-in-law's 1999 killing

 "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.


‘I had sex with her, and killed her,’ Suicide notes that helped Floyd Bledsoe become a free man

"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."


Judge throws out 2000 murder conviction, frees Oskaloosa man after 15 years in prison

"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.


Is it legal? How could it work? Legal experts say Trump would need to use 'most reviled' decision in Supreme Court history

"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'.



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