Re-trial process starts for Robinson in 2006 fire death

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The attorney defending Frank "Chicago" Jerome Robinson, whose conviction was overturned in the death of a woman killed in an apartment house fire started by arson, asked a judge on Thursday to place him on house arrest while awaiting re-trial.

If not house arrest, KiAnn Caprice, the attorney representing Robinson, asked the judge to consider modifying Robinson's $250,000 surety bond.

Shawnee County District Court Judge Cheryl Rios didn't place him on house arrest nor trim his bond.

Robinson's bond remained at $250,000 with surety.

Is redefining criminal sexual misconduct the way to address #MeToo?

I don’t mean to sound like an incarceration-loving neo-liberal, but part of my response to #MeToo has been to favor more jail. I want more things called crimes, and the penalties for those crimes to be more harsh. Yes, yes I know damn well that whenever you make more crimes and more penalties, you make something that will disproportionately affect people of color and poor people. For every Brock Turner that you finally put the hammer to, you risk creating a bunch of black and brown “criminals” who are guilty of looking at the wrong white girl.

Ahead of the Curve: Pod save the lecture. Plus, law school gets way cheaper (It’s true!)

Saint Louis University Law Professor Marcia McCormick has a few thoughts about incorporating technology into the law classroom, and the University of Kansas is about to give out-of-state law students a big tuition break.

Welcome back to Ahead of the Curve. I’m Karen Sloan, legal education editor at, and I’ll be your host for this weekly look at innovation and notable developments in legal education.

Background and prospects of Brexit

UK's withdrawal from the EU, or Brexit, is set to take place on March 29th next year. However, controversy over the Brexit agreement is heating up in Britain. The parliamentary vote on the Brexit agreement, originally scheduled for December 11, was postponed until mid-January next year due to the growing possibility of rejection. Prime Minister Theresa May, who had hoped to secure a favorable deal on the Northern Ireland backstop eventually came back empty-handed as well.

Medical experts skewer coroner’s ruling in baby’s death as convicted woman seeks new trial

Two child neurology specialists said over and over Friday in Douglas County District Court that the coroner’s conclusion about how a baby boy died at a Eudora home day care was medically impossible.

Therefore, the caregiver recently found guilty of murdering the infant has been wrongly convicted and should get a new trial, her lawyer argued.

“The jury in this case was deceived by false testimony by an expert,” attorney William Skepnek said. “Dr. (Erik) Mitchell was telling a story that he made up, that was not supported by any medical authority.”

Asia in 2019: From Elections in India and Indonesia to U.S.-China Tensions, Xinjiang and Extreme Weather

Uncertainty. Volatility. Doubt. These are just some of the feelings that have been unleashed across Asia in the wake of disruptions caused by the US-China trade war, Donald Trump’s presidency and the consequences of climate change.

Global instability will be a hallmark of 2019, experts agree, and Asia has been left to wonder what the next 12 months will bring.

University of Kansas School of Law Professor Raj Bhala gave his predictions for the year ahead.

KU Law brings AI to the classroom

The University of Kansas School of Law, like a growing number of law schools across the nation, is starting to teach its students cutting-edge quantitative subjects such as data analysis and artificial intelligence.

This semester, Kansas law students had the first chance to take the “Legal Analytics” course taught by professor Andrew W. Torrance.

Litigation funder parabellum bets on big data to vet patent claims

As litigation funders look for an edge in analyzing the value of potential claims, Parabellum Capital LLC thinks it found one worth keeping away from its rivals.

New York-based Parabellum this week announced it had signed an exclusive license among litigation funders to use a software called PatentVector to help its team of underwriters more quickly scour companies’ patent portfolios—and determine if they are sitting on a treasure trove or just a bunch of bad patents.

Volatility, uncertainty: What Asia has to fear from Brexit turmoil

Prime Minister Theresa May’s last-ditch move to postpone a vote on her plan for Britain’s departure from the European Union has let fly a new round of concern across Asia, with governments, companies and consumers bracing themselves for the fallout from Brexit.

Chaos reigned after May’s decision on Monday: the pound fell sharply, Asian markets plummeted and Britain’s political future was thrown in doubt.


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