KU professor’s research suggests on-campus sex assault vastly underreported

"A Kansas University law professor whose previous research showed more than 1 million rape cases went unreported in official U.S. crime statistics has published new research indicating underreporting appears widespread on college campuses as well.

Universities across the country are likely underreporting on-campus sexual assaults by as much as 44 percent, according to Corey Rayburn Yung, whose research was recently published in an article in the journal Psychology, Public Policy, and Law.

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Kobach: Kansas justices score lower in quality comparison

"Secretary of State Kris Kobach argued Thursday the federal model of judicial selection placed higher caliber lawyers from Kansas on the U.S. District Court and U.S. Court of Appeals than the state’s existing approach for picking justices of the Kansas Supreme Court.

Kobach and Gov. Sam Brownback believe the Kansas Constitution ought to be amended to eliminate the nonpartisan merit selection system relied upon in Kansas to evaluate applicants for the state Supreme Court and to provide governors a choice among three finalists.

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Kansas Government Fighting Same-Sex Marriage

"A legal expert contends the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to rule on same-sex marriage will determine the fate of Kansas' ban on the unions.  But University of Kansas Constitutional Law Professor Richard Levy thinks the state could still fight implementation of a judgment allowing gay marriage.

Levy said, 'It’s possible that there could be various kinds of state laws passed that test exactly what the limits are, and in the process slow its recognition.'

KU professor gives input on French newspaper attack

"French police officials say they have identified three men as suspects in a deadly attack against newspaper offices that killed 12 people and shook the nation.
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It was the deadliest attack in France in half a century.

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University of Kansas Associate Dean for International and Comparative Law Raj Bhala said that this attack can affect American communities by people misunderstanding the attacks and backlashing.

KS Court Ruling Could Bolster Effort to Revamp School Funding

"In a previous ruling, the Kansas Supreme Court said the state’s finance system should be judged by determining if the spending levels achieve certain student outcomes.

University of Kansas constitutional law professor Richard E. Levy says if lawmakers decide to tackle the formula, that’s the angle they’ll probably need to take.

'The focus is on what kind of outcomes, what demonstrated student learning have you produced. The focus is on what you’re achieving, not what you’re putting into the process,' says Levy.

Kansas school finance ruling could pave way to overhaul formula

"Tuesday's court ruling in the ongoing school finance lawsuit could open the door for something Gov. Sam Brownback and Republican leaders in the Legislature have long been calling for — an overhaul of the state's school finance formula.

That's the assessment of Kansas University constitutional law professor Rick Levy. But he said lawmakers should be careful to make sure any new formula is designed to produce the results that the courts are now saying are expected.

Newspaper analysis highlights challenges of prosecuting alcohol-fueled acquaintance rape cases

"In the past 10 years, Douglas County juries convicted three rapists, the Lawrence Journal-World reported.

In the cases, the rapists overpowered their victims, threatened them with weapons or broke into their homes.

But in the few rape trials involving a drunken victim who had been socializing with her alleged attacker, juries acquitted the accused rapist each time. More cases of this sort never went to trial, and defendants either pleaded to lesser crimes or saw their charges dismissed altogether.

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