Interview: KU expert talks Middle East WTO dispute

"Qatar filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization on Monday to challenge a trade boycott against the nation led by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates. The move is the first step in a trade dispute among the four nations and sets in place a 60-day deadline to settle the complaint with the WTO before litigation or potential sanctions are put in place.

Raj Bhala, an expert in both international trade law and Islamic Law (Shari’a) at the University of Kansas, discussed the dispute with WIBW News Now’s Nick Gosnell."

KU Law professor sees 17th amendment repeal proposal as ‘very difficult’

"Conservative thinkers and media personalities, including former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, father of current White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, have suggested that the 17th Amendment to the Constitution be repealed.

This would return the election of U.S. Senators to the state legislatures rather than direct election by the people.

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University of Kansas law professor Lumen “Lou” Mulligan says that making such a change would not be easy.

Which middle school is better? Sedgwick County judge could decide

"A divorced father is asking a Sedgwick County court to decide where his daughter should attend middle school this fall, arguing that an Andover school is better than the Wichita school near her home.

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The case illustrates the tricky business of judging a school’s overall quality, and it reflects a decades-long trend in which many parents flee the Wichita district for what they see as safer, higher-performing schools in the suburbs.

Richard Jones spent 17 years in prison because he looked remarkably like an actual criminal

"Richard Jones spent 17 years behind bars all because he looked remarkably like another man, Ricky Amos. Richard’s worst nightmare came true when he was convicted of a crime he didn’t commit, simply because of eyewitness misidentification.

ABC News reported that Richard Jones’ conviction has now been overturned after the University of Kansas School of Law and the Midwest Innocence Project were able to uncover what’s now firmly believed to be a wrongful conviction."

Should Florida Change How It Picks Supreme Court Justices?

"As Florida looks to revise its Constitution, it might do well to switch up the selection and retention process for Supreme Court justices, professors argued at the Florida Bar Convention in Boca Raton.

That's because research shows judicial nominating commissions like Florida's, with some members chosen by the bar, tend to pick judges who are more liberal than the state's population.

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Innocent man serves 17 years for robbery in case of mistaken identity

"A Kansas man is free after serving 17 years in prison in what officials think was a case of mistaken identity.

Richard Jones, 41, was exonerated and released on June 8 after serving a majority of his 19-year sentence for aggravated robbery in Kansas City. Jones learned that a man who may have been the true culprit was in the same prison — and realized the man looks just like him, ABC News reports.

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Justices appear skeptical of Kansas school finance plan

"Kansas Supreme Court justices on Tuesday appeared skeptical that state lawmakers did enough this year to provide adequate funding for public schools.

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Kansas Solicitor General Stephen McAllister, a University of Kansas law professor, answered that the amount of money in the new formula was based on a statistical model showing that districts spending that amount of money tend to perform better on reading and math tests than would be expected, given their demographic makeup."

School finance plaintiffs ask court to strike ‘misleading, unsupported statements’ from state’s brief

"Attorneys for the plaintiffs in the long-running school finance case accused the state's attorneys of making misleading and unsupported statements in briefs filed last week with the Kansas Supreme Court, and they are asking the court to strike those comments from the record.

Modi’s U.S. Visit Was Underwhelming. Here’s How It Could Be Different.

"One may be forgiven for not realizing the Prime Minister of the world’s largest free market democracy visited the President of the world’s most powerful democracy. Media coverage in the United States, in the 24 hours prior to the tête-à-tête between Messrs Modi and Trump, was scant.

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To be sure, on June 24, Trump set the right tone with a tweet calling Modi a “true friend.” Thereafter, however, they didn’t meditate on the definition of “true friendship,” nor on how its meaning translates into an itinerary. Rather, they parlayed, parsed a list of issues, and parted.

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