Courts and Crime

Tony Mattivi, a former federal prosecutor from Topeka, is seeking the Republican Party's nomination for attorney general in 2022 along with former Secretary of State Kris Kobach of rural Lecompton and state Sen. Kellie Warren of Leawood. (Submitted)

AG candidates angling for traction with lights, sirens of law enforcement endorsements

BY: - August 1, 2021

Kansas' GOP candidates for attorney general banking on endorsements from law enforcement to kickstart campaigns.

Kansas A.G. subpoenas reporter’s notes from book on wrongful murder conviction

BY: - July 30, 2021

TOPEKA — The Kansas Attorney General’s Office issued a subpoena commanding a journalist to turn over information he gathered while writing a book and news stories about a Jefferson County man who served 16 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit. After Kansas Reflector published this story, the attorney general’s office filed a […]

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran joined with four other Kansas Republican members of Congress to endorse a legal brief submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of overturning the Roe v. Wade abortion decision of 1973. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas congressional delegation’s five Republicans join effort to overturn Roe v. Wade

BY: - July 30, 2021

Five of six Kansas members of Congress endorse legal brief outlining why U.S. Supreme Court should overturn Roe v. Wade abortion decision.

Kansas D.A. refuses to prosecute violations of new law that halted voter registration drives

BY: - July 28, 2021

TOPEKA — Douglas County District Attorney Suzanne Valdez says she won’t prosecute anyone under a new state law that caused nonprofits to halt voter registration efforts at the start of July. The legislation’s sweeping reforms include a provision that makes it illegal for individuals to engage in conduct that would cause someone to believe they […]

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is preparing to appeal to the Kansas Supreme Court the controversial Johnson County District Court judge's ruling invalidating a new state law overhauling emergency powers that touch upon actions of the judicial, legislative and executive branches of state government. (Noah Taborda/Kansas Reflector)

Attorney general to appeal emergency-power decision, warns of ‘legal anarchy’

BY: - July 22, 2021

Kansas attorney general appealing court ruling that state's emergency-power law unconstitutional, claims action can lead to "legal anarchy."

‘Our democracy is in peril’: Women risk arrest in voting rights protest in D.C.

BY: - July 19, 2021

WASHINGTON — Diane Howard of Cleveland traveled to the nation’s capital with hundreds of other women to urge Congress to pass an elections overhaul and undo new state laws that restrict voting access. A community activist for half a century, Howard said that this is not the first time she’s seen voting rights under attack. […]

OPINION

The Chase County Courthouse is a Kansas icon. The jail in its shadow is a disgrace.

BY: - July 18, 2021

If you’ve ever strolled downtown in Cottonwood Falls, you’ll remember the charming courthouse perched on the square at the south end of the brick street. Charming is not a word I use often, but there’s no doubt about it: The Chase County Courthouse is downright charming. With its local limestone walls, red mansard roof and […]

New Kansas law cracks down on sexual extortion, spousal abuse, fleeing police

BY: - July 16, 2021

TOPEKA — Kansas lawmakers and legal leaders are praising a new law that creates the crime of sexual extortion and removes a spousal exemption to sexual battery. Senate Bill 60, which went into effect July 1, bundles several criminal justice and law enforcement actions. The law amends when a person can be tried in Kansas, […]

Kansas judge strikes down law providing speedy challenge to mask mandates in schools

BY: - July 15, 2021

TOPEKA — The Legislature’s attempt to promote “legal anarchy” in response to COVID-19 precautions in public schools is unconstitutional, a Johnson County District Court judge ruled Thursday. District Judge David Hauber also determined the entirety of Senate Bill 40 is unenforceable, effectively wiping out a Republican-led charge to restrict the governor’s oversight of emergencies. The decision […]

Chuck Schumer: Congress should legalize weed on the federal level

BY: - July 14, 2021

WASHINGTON — The top Democrat in the U.S. Senate says decriminalizing marijuana at the federal level is a change that’s “long overdue,” and that he’s prioritizing that effort amid a growing number of states legalizing cannabis. To that end, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Wednesday unveiled a draft proposal for removing cannabis from the federal […]

Kansas judge to decide whether secretary of state can hide public records by altering software

BY: - July 14, 2021

TOPEKA — An attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas says the state’s open records law might as well not exist if Secretary of State Scott Schwab is allowed to keep public information hidden by reconfiguring software. Attorney Josh Pierson argued Wednesday in Shawnee County District Court for the release of provisional ballot […]

Kansas labor department pushes new reemployment program

BY: - July 12, 2021

TOPEKA — The Kansas Department of Labor is making a push this week to sign unemployment claimants up for the state’s newly buffed reemployment assistance program. The enhanced My Reemployment Plan program, part of House Bill 2196 approved by the Kansas Legislature in May, is intended to help those who are unemployed find new jobs […]