Top Minnesota Officials Sort Out Sex Offender Program's Fate

"Minnesota is under federal court pressure to rework its program that locks up sex offenders even after they serve out prison terms, a system the state's political leaders have vigorously defended.

Come Monday, the challenge will be front and center as a cavalcade of lawmakers, program administrators and lawyers meet to discuss potential fixes to the Minnesota Sex Offender Program. The court conference is closed to the public. A coalition of media organizations, including The Associated Press, petitioned for access, but the judge denied the request.

Under court supervision, top Minnesota officials begin task of reworking sex offender program

"Minnesota is under federal court pressure to rework its program that locks up sex offenders even after they serve out prison terms, a system the state's political leaders have vigorously defended.

Come Monday, the challenge will be front and center as a cavalcade of lawmakers, program administrators and lawyers meet to discuss potential fixes to the Minnesota Sex Offender Program. The court conference is closed to the public. A coalition of media organizations, including The Associated Press, petitioned for access, but the judge denied the request.

State committee looks to update Kansas Open Records Act for digital age

"Kansas policymakers say they want to bring the state’s open records law into the 21st century and ensure that public officials can’t flout it by using private e-mails and personal devices.

A special committee held its first meeting on the issue Friday and identified numerous questions on how the 30-year-old Kansas Open Records Act ought to be updated for a digital world.

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Bankruptcy Automatic Stay: How It Works, Tips & More

"The automatic stay in bankruptcy is a temporary federal injunction that immediately stops most collection efforts by creditors, collection agencies and government entities against debtors and their property. It is one of the most beneficial features of bankruptcy, putting creditors on equal footing in regard to their claims and providing debtors temporary reprieve from aggressive collection activities as they seek to restore their financial standing.

Voter ID laws focus of Kansas civil rights committee

"The Kansas division of a federal civil rights commission will investigate whether voter identification laws have affected turnout around the state.

The Kansas Committee of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission voted Tuesday to hold hearings to determine if turnout in some communities has been suppressed, KCUR-TV reported.

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Committee chairwoman Elizabeth Kronk said there is concern that the law 'disproportionately impacts certain age groups and certain racial categorizations.'

Claim That TPP Promotes Free Trade 'is a Myth' - Former UN Delegate

"The claim that the US Export-Import Bank and Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement promote free trade is a myth because they selectively liberalize or manage markets based on what best suits US interests, former delegate to the UN Convention on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Professor Raj Bhala told Sputnik.

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The Export-Import Bank and TPP, Bhala argued, both largely operate contrary to free trade principles by promoting free trade in those sectors that are beneficial to the United States and its partners, while 'managing' trade in others.

Students Accused Of Sexual Assault Say Schools Don't Interview Their Witnesses

"Students accused of sexual assault are complaining about the failure of universities nationwide to interview their witnesses, echoing similar complaints from alleged rape victims.

There is, in fact, no requirement that a college interview all available witnesses, which some critics of campus sexual assault investigations consider a significant flaw.

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University of Kansas law student helps overturn murder conviction

 "A murder conviction was overturned and it was in large part because of the work by a University of Kansas law student and Shawnee native.

Abby West spent more than 100 hours on Kimberly Sharp’s case with the Project for Innocence.

On July 2, 2006 authorities found the body of David Owen near the Kansas River in Topeka.

Owen called himself an advocate for the homeless and often tried to convince them to reunite with their families.

KU Innocence Project claims win in appeal case of woman convicted in high-profile Topeka murder

"As Abby West researched similar cases to prepare for the federal appeal of a woman convicted in a high-profile Topeka murder case, she encountered a recurring theme.

'I read a lot of cases where people didn’t win,' said West, a May Kansas University law school graduate.

But for defendant Kimberly Sharp, West’s efforts resulted in a different outcome — and a big success for the KU law school’s Project for Innocence and Post-Conviction Remedies.

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