The Kansas Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion Friday that a man could seek wrongful-conviction compensation despite a district court ruling he wasn’t eligible because his incarceration was in a county jail rather than a state prison.
House and Senate lawmakers and Gov. Laura Kelly agreed Wednesday to settle for $11.25 million a lawsuit brought by exoneree Floyd Bledsoe that accused Kansas Bureau of Investigation and Jefferson County officials of misconduct in a notorious murder case.
A judge says he needs to hear the evidence to determine whether Albert Wilson was wrongly convicted of rape, so the case will go to a bench trial rather than be decided based on attorneys’ arguments.
A Lawrence woman who was wrongly convicted of killing a boy who had died from natural causes is hoping for community support to start putting her life back together.
Kate E. Brubacher was part of a team that fought for the exoneration of Kevin Strickland, who spent 43 years in prison for a triple murder he didn’t commit. Strickland was exonerated in late 2021.
The U.S. Court of Appeals rejected an appeal by Kansas law enforcement officers seeking qualified immunity for actions leading to wrongful conviction of a Jefferson County man who spent 16 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit.
The State Finance Council approved settlements Tuesday of a $50,000 wrongful conviction case and two other legal conflicts, but the council did not disclose information about those claims nor amounts of tax dollars spent to settle them.
Albert Wilson, whose Lawrence rape case made headlines across the country, has filed a wrongful conviction lawsuit against the state of Kansas.
Members of a task force developing protocol for newly discovered DNA evidence in closed cases is backing a recommendation laying out a process to ensure defense counsel is made aware when a match is found in DNA registries.
Members of the Legislature’s task force developing protocol for use of newly discovered DNA evidence in criminal cases endorsed better training to keep valuable information from slipping through cracks in the justice system.
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