State v. FunkAnnotate this Case
Pursuant to a plea agreement, Appellant pleaded guilty to one count of attempted indecent solicitation of a child. The district court sentenced Appellant to eighteen months’ probation, with an underlying ten-month prison term and lifetime postrelease supervision. Appellant appealed, contending that lifetime postrelease supervision was disproportionate as applied to him, constituting cruel and/or unusual punishment in violation Section 9 of the Kansas Constitution Bill of Rights and the Eighth Amendment to the federal Constitution. The Court of Appeals affirmed. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding (1) Appellant abandoned his Eighth Amendment challenge on appeal for failure to adequately brief the issue; and (2) Appellant’s lifetime postrelease supervision term does not constitute cruel or unusual punishment under Section 9 of the Bill of Rights.