Attorneys claim new DNA testing uncovers truth behind 1999 Oskaloosa murder

"For nearly a decade, lawyers with the Project for Innocence and Post-Conviction Remedies have combed trial testimony and evidence in search of something that will free Floyd Scott Bledsoe, 38, from the prison cell he occupies at Lansing Correctional Facility.

Last month, they may have found it.


'We often say we believe our client is innocent,' said Elizabeth Cateforis, supervising attorney for the Project for Innocence. 'Floyd is innocent. There’s no belief about it.'

Paul E. Wilson Project for Innocence at KU files motion in 15 year old murder case

"The Paul E. Wilson Project for Innocence and Post-Conviction Remedies filed a Motion to Vacate Judgement and Discharge from Custody on behalf of Bledsoe at the Second Judicial District Court in Jefferson County Monday.

In 2000, Bledsoe was sentenced to life in prison for the death of his 14 year-old sister-in-law, Camille Arfmann near Oskaloosa. Bledsoe was originally convicted of first degree murder, aggravated kidnaping and indecent liberties of Arfmann; however, DNA testing presented by the defense may exonerate him of all charges.

KU Project for Innocence, Midwest Innocence Project seeks to free convicted murderer with DNA evidence

"Attorneys at KU’s Project for Innocence and the Midwest Innocence Project are asking a Jefferson County judge to reverse Floyd Bledsoe’s conviction and set him free in a motion filed Tuesday.

Bledsoe, 38, has been serving a life sentence for more than 15 years for the 1999 shooting death of Arfmann, his then-14-year-old sister-in-law.


DNA evidence key to lawyers' motion to overturn 1999 Jefferson County murder case

"Lawyers for Floyd S. Bledsoe filed a motion Tuesday in Second Judicial District Court in Jefferson County to vacate his first-degree murder conviction in the 1999 killing of his 14-year-old sister-in-law, Zetta 'Camille' Arfmann.

Attorneys, who are members of the Midwest Innocence Project and in partnership with the Paul E. Wilson Project for Innocence at the University of Kansas School of Law, seek to have Bledsoe released from Lansing Correctional Facility based on evidence they said proves another man committed the murder.


LU law professor sues Kansas Supreme Court justices

"Former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline sued all seven Kansas Supreme Court justices and others connected with their 2013 decision to suspend his law license over an investigation of abortion clinics that he led.

Attorneys for Kline, who is a visiting law professor at Liberty University, said in a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Kansas and made public on Monday that the court toughened Kline's punishment because of his 'fervid beliefs' against abortion. The lawsuit also contends the court selectively applied rules governing attorney conduct.


SEC judges in question after court rulings

"The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission may need to reconsider the way it appoints in-house administrative law judges after two federal court justices issued preliminary rulings indicating the SEC’s process was likely unconstitutional and ordered a temporary halt to administrative actions.


'There’s an increasing use since Dodd-Frank in these administrative enforcement proceedings, having that be the preference over federal district court judges,' said Quinton Lucas, an associate professor of law at the University of Kansas. 



U.S. Supreme Court justices appalled by details of Kansas murder cases

"The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday seemed likely to rule against three Kansas men who challenged their death sentences in what one justice called 'some of the most horrendous murders' he’s ever seen from the bench.


Kansas Solicitor General Stephen McAllister, who is also a professor at Kansas University’s School of Law, argued that requiring the state to conduct separate sentencing hearings would lead to inconsistent results and unfairly allow defendants to preview the state’s evidence."

KDHE Issues Birth Certificates to Same-Sex Kansas Couples

"The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has agreed to issue birth certificates for two same-sex couples. In both cases, the women had children through artificial insemination. Kansas law says a married couple can both be listed on the birth certificate for a child born through artificial insemination, but KDHE initially declined to list two women as the parents.

Attorney David Brown represents a Lawrence couple in a lawsuit over the issue.


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