“I’m just grateful:” Wrongly imprisoned for 16 years, brother’s suicide notes have set him free

"A man in Kansas has been declared innocent after spending 16 years in prison for murder. 39-year-old Floyd Bledsoe is now a free man.

'I’m just grateful,' Bledsoe said.

Judge Gary Nafziger overturned his convictions for first degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated indecent liberties in the death of his sister-in-law Camille Arfmann.

Arfmann was found dead with four gunshot wounds — one to the back of her head — back in 1999.

Freed Kansas inmate faces challenge getting compensated

"After serving more than 15 years for a crime his brother admitted to in a suicide note last month, Floyd Bledsoe had little more than the flannel shirt and jeans he wore when a Kansas judge freed him Tuesday.

But Bledsoe's new beginning doesn't come with a monetary apology from taxpayers. Unlike more than half of U.S. states, Kansas has no law setting forth the monetary value of lost time for those wrongly convicted.

Kansas Supreme Court hears judicial selection appeal

"Kansas Supreme Court justices spent nearly two hours grilling attorneys on both sides of a case that could determine how independent the judicial branch of government is from the legislative and executive branches.

At issue is the case of Judge Larry T. Solomon, chief judge of the 30th Judicial District in Kingman County, who is challenging a 2014 law that changes the way chief judges are selected.

Abortion case tests limits of Kansas Constitution

"Abortion rights advocates on Wednesday asked all 14 members of the Kansas Court of Appeals to find, for the first time, that the Kansas Constitution provides the same guarantee to privacy rights, including the right to an abortion, that the U.S. Supreme Court has found in the federal Constitution.

But attorneys for the state, as well as anti-abortion lobbyists, argued that the state constitution is much different, and that no such right can be found there.

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Floyd Bledsoe released after his 2000 Jefferson County murder conviction is overturned

"After 16 years behind bars for a murder his brother eventually took responsibility for, Floyd Bledsoe is a free man.

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Bledsoe, who has been represented by attorneys with the Project for Innocence and Post-Conviction Remedies at the University of Kansas Law School and Midwest Innocence Project, smiled during much of Tuesday’s proceedings and hugged teary-eyed well-wishers after the judge agreed to release him. A crowd of roughly 50 people cheered inside the courtroom when the judge’s decision was announced."

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