KU Law Professor says amending state constitution is potential school finance solution, but a tough task

Professor Mulligan comments on changing the Kansas Constitution. “If the Kansas Legislature wished to begin the process of Constitutional Amendment, they could,” said Mulligan. “It takes a two-thirds vote out of both the Kansas House and the Kansas Senate to send a Constitutional Amendment to the general ballot and that just requires a majority of voters to approve.” He says there are many different ways to get it done, but that it is not an easy task. 

Saudi student leader at KU pleased with progress in homeland and at KU Law

"The Saudi student leader at the University of Kansas sees the biggest challenge for his homeland going forward as economic." Bander Almohammadi said that he has found found friendly people at the University of Kansas and that they have made him feel at home. He said since classes have been in session he has been working to acquire more knowledge about the American justice system. 

Federal prosecutors In Kansas City, Kansas, under fire for power plays in pursuit of 'justice'

"Two recent cases involving prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s office in Kansas City, Kansas, point to a problem that some criminal defense lawyers say has been building for a long time: For years, they say, a small group of federal prosecutors in KCK has run roughshod over the rights of criminal defendants.

The worst reason to condemn Roy Moore

University of Kansas Law professor Corey Rayburn Yung says that the Roy Moore's take on the case Higdon v. Alabama was not dishonorable. "Force with a child is arguably different than force with an adult because of size, power, and maturity,' Yung said, but Alabama law does not reflect this commonsense distinction. So the state Supreme Court chose to fix the problem by effectively redefining force in cases of child sexual abuse. That may be an honorable undertaking. But there is nothing dishonorable about Moore’s insistence that the legislature fix its own mistakes."

Middle East expert says much still to learn about latest Saudi crackdown

"A Middle East expert at the University of Kansas believes there is still much to learn about the latest crackdown on corruption in Saudi Arabia. 'Over the weekend, a large number, several dozen senior businesspersons and Royal Family members were arrested and charged with corruption,' said Raj Bhala, the Brennesein Distinguished Professor at the University of Kansas Law School, and a Senior Advisor at Dentons. 'Their finances and their business transactions have violated one or the other laws, from tax evasion to money laundering to disclosure.

Yes our rights do - and should - slow down the justice system

Following the death of 8 people in a terrorist attack in New York City President Donald Trump said that our judicial system was a joke. Justice and KU Law professor Steve Leben says that our constitutional rights slow down the justice system. He wrote in the Kansas City Star, "Giving people rights slows down the system. And the level of protection we get — which determines how much we need to slow down was largely determined when the Bill of Rights was adopted." He said that the justice system works well, even though it may be imperfect.  

Trump's immigration demands leave DACA recipients, children at risk

President Donald J. Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a 6-month plan to end DACA, which would impact nearly 800,000 immigrants between the age of 15 and 36 years as well as their children. KU Law professor Lua Yuille claims that adolescents will be the demographic hit hardest by this plan. Yuille said that the removal of the program could cause many adolescent recipients to lose their jobs, educational opportunities, and access to a driver's license. Yuille also said, "At best, it will be a return to the shadows.

Could Harvey Weinstein go to jail?

Harvey Weinstein could face five to 25 years in prison on sexual assault charges if the latest abuse allegations are tried in criminal court, legal experts said. Harvey Weinstein has been accused of sexual assault and rape by women across the globe. Lucia Evans, a former aspiring actor, has claims against him that could rise to the level of a felony charge under New York Laws. KU Law professor Corey Rayburn Yung commented on the case, saying that prosecutors could argue the case based on Evan's testimony and by establishing that Weinstein has a "pattern" of this behavior.

Fourth round of NAFTA negotiations set for mid-October

"The fourth of seven planned rounds of talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement is scheduled to start Oct. 11 in the United States.


Generally speaking, the business community would be very much against withdrawal, said Raj Bhala, an international trade law expert, Brenneisen Distinguished Professor at University of Kansas Law School and senior adviser for law firm Dentons U.S. LLP.


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