Jackson County paying $80,000 for Jacob Ewing prosecution

"Prosecution of the Jacob C. Ewing sex crime cases will cost Jackson County $80,000 — an amount larger than Jackson County commissioners would like, documents show, but likely reasonable according to legal experts.


Special prosecutors are brought in when there is a conflict of interest or hired by victims or their families, said Suzanne Valdez, a University of Kansas School of Law professor who teaches prosecution ethics. While likely uncommon in large district courts, special prosecutors are not infrequent in smaller districts like Jackson County.

This System Catches Vote Fraud and the Wrath of Critics

"Crosscheck is a computer system designed to detect fraud by finding matches in voter registration lists shared by dozens of states and thereby detecting suspected double voters.

But experts warn that Kobach could be laying the groundwork for voter suppression by using the presidential panel as a vehicle to push for the creation of a national version of the Crosscheck program. Critics fear that could lead to the widespread purging of eligible voters from the rolls because of false positive matches.

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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, have suggested that the 17th Amendment to the Constitution be repealed.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.


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.


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.


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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