A three-judge panel of the Kansas Court of Appeals issued an opinion Friday declaring voting a foundational constitutional right potentially undermined by state law mandating election volunteers verify signatures on advance ballots and restricting the number of advance ballots a person could deliver to an election office.
The Kansas Senate unanimously confirmed Kansas Court of Appeals nominee Rachel Pickering despite alarms set off by Republicans about judicial criticism leveled against her decisions as appellate defense counsel in a 15-year-old criminal case.
Gov. Laura Kelly nominated a Shawnee County District Court judge to fill a vacancy on the Kansas Court of Appeals who would become the first Hispanic judge on that appellate court if confirmed by the Kansas Senate.
A defense attorney asked the Kansas Court of Appeals on Tuesday to reject the basis for subjecting a woman to a lifetime of probation because she can’t afford to pay restitution for her crimes.
Meryl Carver-Allmond, of Lawrence, is among three nominees for a judge position on the Kansas Court of Appeals.
Judge Anthony Powell is preparing to retire from the Kansas Court of Appeals after nine years in the role.
Jacy Hurst, of Lawrence, was sworn in as a judge on the Kansas Court of Appeals Friday morning. Chief Judge Karen Arnold-Burger became a bit emotional as she noted that Hurst is the first Black woman to serve on the appellate courts of Kansas.
An attorney argued Thursday that his client was convicted based on a coroner’s junk science, aided by a natural human desire to hold someone accountable for the tragic death of a 9-month-old baby.
Lesley Ann Isherwood, formerly senior assistant district attorney of Sedgwick County, was sworn in Friday to the Kansas Court of Appeals. She fills a vacancy left by Judge Steve Leben’s resignation.
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