Kansas Supreme Court Decisions 2019

Williams v. C-U-Out Bail Bonds, LLC
Date: October 11, 2019
Docket Number: 116883
State v. Perkins  
Date: October 4, 2019
Docket Number: 112449

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming Defendant's conviction for driving under the influence, holding that the good-faith exception to the exclusionary rule permits the State to use ev...

In re Shepherd Two-year Suspension Disciplinary video
Date: September 27, 2019
Docket Number: 120875
In re Mathews Published Censure Disciplinary video
Date: September 27, 2019
Docket Number: 120924
State v. Gentry  
Date: September 20, 2019
Docket Number: 116371

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's convictions of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and related crimes but vacated in part the restitution order, holding that the district court made a legal error wh...

In re Najim Reinstatement
Date: September 11, 2019
Docket Number: 116943
In re Herron Reinstatement
Date: September 11, 2019
Docket Number: 119726
Hill v. State  
Date: September 6, 2019
Docket Number: 114403

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the judgment of the court of appeals affirming the judgment of the district court granting summary judgment for Defendants and dismissing Plaintiff's complaint alle...

State v. Perez-Medina  
Date: September 6, 2019
Docket Number: 114589

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming Defendant's conviction and the sentencing judge's imposition of a registration requirement under the Kansas Offender Registration Act (KORA), Kan....

State v. Toothman  
Date: September 6, 2019
Docket Number: 114944

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's convictions of seven sex crimes and reversed the court of appeals, which reversed two of the convictions sua sponte and remanded the case with directions to resentence Defendant for...

In re Estate of Moore  
Date: September 6, 2019
Docket Number: 115628

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the judgment of the district court upholding the validity of a transfer-on-death deed that was signed by a benefiting party at the direction of th...

State v. Ballou  
Date: September 6, 2019
Docket Number: 116252

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming Defendant's convictions of rape and aggravated indecent liberties with a child and vacated the portion of district court's judgment imposing postr...

State v. Boothby  
Date: September 6, 2019
Docket Number: 116505

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court convicting Defendant of aggravated assault and criminal threat, holding that an erroneous judicial comment made in front of the jury that is not a jury instru...

State v. Howling  
Date: September 6, 2019
Docket Number: 116524

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming Defendant's conviction for aggravated criminal sodomy, holding that the district court did not err in admitting testimony about the videotaped int...

Northern Natural Gas Co. v. ONEOK Field Services Co., LLC  
Date: September 6, 2019
Docket Number: 118239

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the district court granting summary judgment against Northern Natural Gas Company, holding that certification from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) permitting Nor...

In re Care & Treatment of Sigler  
Date: September 6, 2019
Docket Number: 118914

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the district court's judgment granting the State's petition to have Robert Sigler found to be a sexually violent predator (SVP) and civilly commit...

In re Toomey Disbarment
Date: August 29, 2019
Docket Number: 11959
Noyce v. State  
Date: August 23, 2019
Docket Number: 114971

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals reversing the district court's summary denial of Defendant's untimely pro se motion to correct an illegal sentence under Kan. Stat. Ann. 22-3504, holding th...

State v. Hambright  
Date: August 23, 2019
Docket Number: 115259

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the court of appeals' decision that affirmed the sentencing court's imposition of an extended probation term as being a legal sentence notwithstanding the sentencing court's reliance on an inap...

State v. Chavez  
Date: August 23, 2019
Docket Number: 115602

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming Defendant's convictions of stalking and criminal threat, holding that there was no reversible error in the proceedings below. Specifically, the C...

Littlejohn v. State  
Date: August 23, 2019
Docket Number: 115904

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals reversing the district court's summary denial of Defendant's second Kan. Stat. Ann. 60-1507 motion and remanding the case to the district court for an evide...

Meats v. Kansas Department of Revenue  
Date: August 23, 2019
Docket Number: 116469

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court's ruling that a $50 fee mandated by Kan. Stat. Ann. 8-1020(d)(2) to gain administrative review of a driver's license suspension is unconstitutional and affirmed the suspensio...

Creecy v. Kansas Department of Revenue  
Date: August 23, 2019
Docket Number: 117035

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court's upholding the suspension of Michael Creecy's driver's license by the Kansas Department of Revenue (KDR) but held that Kan. Stat. Ann. 8-1020(d)(2)'s monetary requirement to...

Rosendahl v. Kansas Department of Revenue  
Date: August 23, 2019
Docket Number: 117862

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the district court's decision reversing the revocation of Brenda Rosendahl's driving privileges but affirmed the district court's finding that the statutorily required $50 fee for an administra...

State v. Sartin  
Date: August 16, 2019
Docket Number: 115172

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the court of appeals' decision affirming the district court's summary denial of Defendant's motion to correct an allegedly illegal sentence but reversed its erroneous holding that it could not...

Jason Oil Co. v. Littler  
Date: August 16, 2019
Docket Number: 118387

Justia Opinion Summary: In this quiet title action involving the mineral interests in two tracts of real estate, the Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court finding that the grantees' successors in interest obtained ownership...

In re Estate of Oroke  
Date: August 2, 2019
Docket Number: 116333

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals reversing the decision of the district court admitting a testator's will and codicil to probate after the limitation period for petitioning a will for proba...

State v. Hirsh  
Date: August 2, 2019
Docket Number: 116356

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming Defendant's two criminal threat convictions and his domestic battery conviction and reversing Defendant's aggravated assault conviction, holding t...

State v. Ewing  
Date: August 2, 2019
Docket Numbers: 116641, 116,642, 116,643

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated Defendant's sentence in each of three docketed cases in this appeal and remanded each for resentencing, holding that the sentencing court erred in classifying two Arkansas misdemeanors as person...

State v. Saucedo  
Date: August 2, 2019
Docket Number: 117299

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the district court's classification of Defendant's prior Washington state residential burglary conviction as a person felony, holding that the Was...

State v. Christian  
Date: July 26, 2019
Docket Number: 116133

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals affirming Defendant's convictions and sentences, holding that a police officer's discovery of an expired tag on Defendant's vehicle did not present an inter...

State v. Soto  
Date: July 26, 2019
Docket Number: 117059

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the district court rejecting Defendant's claim that he was entitled to a new trial without holding a hearing on the merits of his claim pursuant to Brady v. Maryland, 373 U.S. 8...

State v. Tatro  
Date: July 26, 2019
Docket Number: 118237

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals reversing the judgment of the district court suppressing derived from a search because it found that the search resulted directly from a police officer's un...

State v. Sanders  
Date: July 26, 2019
Docket Number: 118640

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals reversing the order of the district court suppressing evidence obtained after police officers unconstitutionally detained Defendant, holding that the court...

State v. Cottrell  
Date: July 19, 2019
Docket Number: 114635

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant of distributing a controlled substance and conspiring to distribute a controlled substance, holding that the court did not err in instructin...

State v. Lundberg  
Date: July 19, 2019
Docket Number: 114897

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals reversing the judgment of the district court in this action alleging that Defendants sold or offered to sell unregistered securities and committed fraud in...

State v. Rizal  
Date: July 19, 2019
Docket Number: 115036

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court convicting Defendant of possessing a controlled substance with the intent to distribute it, holding that the State provided sufficient evidence to support the...

S.M.J. v. Ogle  
Date: July 19, 2019
Docket Number: 115776

Justia Opinion Summary: In this paternity and custody proceeding, the Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals vacating the judgment of the district court holding David Roy Ogle in contempt and imposing sanctions, holding tha...

Stewart v. Ross  
Date: July 19, 2019
Docket Number: 117850

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's convictions for first-degree felony murder, second-degree murder, and felony abuse of a child, holding that none of Defendant's claims of error warranted reversal of his convictions...

State v. Tauer  
Date: July 12, 2019
Docket Numbers: 114432, 115,637

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the judgment of the district court denying Defendant's 2014 motion to correct an allegedly illegal sentence imposed twenty years earlier, holding...

State v. Roberts  
Date: July 12, 2019
Docket Number: 114726

Justia Opinion Summary: In this consolidated appeal, the Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the judgment of the district court summarily denying Defendant's motion to be discharged from custody, filed in his u...

State v. Redding  
Date: July 12, 2019
Docket Number: 115037

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the district court's summary denial of Defendant's motion to correct an illegal sentence, holding that the lower courts did not err or abuse their...

Dawson v. State  
Date: July 12, 2019
Docket Number: 115129

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the judgment of the district court summarily denying Defendant's fourth Kan. Stat. Ann. 60-1507 motion, holding that there was no error in the pro...

Stewart v. State  
Date: July 12, 2019
Docket Number: 115149

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the district court's summary denial of Defendant's Kan. Stat. Ann. 60-1507 motion, holding that summary denial of the section 60-1507 motion was a...

Breedlove v. State  
Date: July 12, 2019
Docket Number: 115401

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the district court's summary denial of Defendant's Kan. Stat. Ann. 60-1507 motion but reversed the district court's imposition of a filing fee as...

Thuko v. State  
Date: July 12, 2019
Docket Number: 115662

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the district court's summary denial of Defendant's second Kan. Stat. Ann. 60-1507 motion, holding that the court of appeals did not err in holding...

State v. McAlister  
Date: July 12, 2019
Docket Numbers: 115887, 115,888, 115,889

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals reversing the district court's summary denial of Defendant's 2015 motions to correct his allegedly illegal sentences imposed in 1996, holding that subsequen...

Sherwood v. State  
Date: July 12, 2019
Docket Number: 115899

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court summarily denying Defendant's pro se Kan. Stat. Ann. 60-1507 motion, holding that Defendant's due process rights were not violated and that summary denial was...

Requena v. State  
Date: July 12, 2019
Docket Number: 116251

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the judgment of the district court summarily denying Defendant's pro se Kan. Stat. Ann. 60-1507 motion after considering a written response by the State, holding that the distri...

State v. Dawson  
Date: July 12, 2019
Docket Number: 116530

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the judgment of the district court summarily denying Defendant's 2015 motion to correct an illegal sentence with respect to his 1997 jury trial co...

State v. Laughlin  
Date: July 12, 2019
Docket Number: 117156

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court summarily denying Defendant's pro se motion to correct an illegal sentence and pro se motion to withdraw his plea filed more than a decade after Defendant's f...

In re A.A.-F.  
Date: July 12, 2019
Docket Number: 117368

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the rulings of the district court accepting and exercising jurisdiction in these five cases involving the continuation of child in need of care (CINC) proceedings, holding that the Kansas court...

State v. Dubry  
Date: June 28, 2019
Docket Number: 114050

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the judgment of the district court denying Defendant's motion to correct his sentence several years after it was imposed, holding that State v. Mu...

State v. Bacon  
Date: June 28, 2019
Docket Number: 114951

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals ruling that Petitioner's pro se motion quoting Kansas Rules of Professional Conduct (KRPC) 1.3 did not trigger the district court's duty to inquire into a p...

State v. Russ  
Date: June 28, 2019
Docket Number: 115111

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed decision of the court of appeals affirming the sentencing court's classification of Defendant's prior misdemeanor convictions for violating a City of Wichita municipal ordinance as person offen...

State v. Guein  
Date: June 28, 2019
Docket Number: 115426

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the decision of a majority of the court of appeals panel reversing in part and affirming in part the district court's decision on Defendant's motion to suppress evi...

State v. Obregon  
Date: June 28, 2019
Docket Number: 117422

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the decision of the court of appeals remanding Defendant's case for a jury trial on whether a firearm sentence enhancement was appropriate and vacated Defendant's s...

State v. James  
Date: June 28, 2019
Docket Number: 117945

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's convictions for first-degree premeditated murder and criminal possession of a firearm, holding that, while certain errors occurred in Defendant's case, the errors were not reversibl...

In re Blume video
Date: June 28, 2019
Docket Number: 119027
DWAGFYS Manufacturing, Inc. v. City of Topeka  
Date: June 28, 2019
Docket Number: 119269

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the district court issuing a permanent injunction preventing enforcement of an ordinance passed by the City of Topeka making it unlawful for any person to sell cigarettes, elect...

State v. Darrah  
Date: June 21, 2019
Docket Number: 117461

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order denying Appellant's motion for postconviction relief without an evidentiary hearing, holding that the district court did not abuse its discretion in imposing consecutive, rather than...

Hilburn v. Enerpipe Ltd.  
Date: June 14, 2019
Docket Number: 112765

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the judgment of the district court, holding that the noneconomic damages cap under Kan. Stat. Ann. 60-19a02 violated Plaintiff's right under secti...

Gannon v. State  
Date: June 14, 2019
Docket Number: 113267

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that through Senate Bill 16's (S.B. 16) additional funding of the State's "Montoy safe harbor plan," the State substantially complied with this Court's mandate from Gannon v. State, 420 P.3d 477 (K...

State v. Weber  
Date: June 14, 2019
Docket Number: 113472

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court's denial of Defendant's motion to correct an illegal sentence, holding that the sentencing court properly classified Defendant's 1976 Michigan conviction as a person crime in...

Casper v. Kansas Department of Revenue  
Date: June 14, 2019
Docket Number: 115352

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals reversing the judgment of the district court reversing the suspension of Appellant's driving privileges based on her arrest and refusal to take a blood alco...

Oxy USA, Inc. v. Red Wing Oil  
Date: June 7, 2019
Docket Number: 111973

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals that Alice King was the legal owner of minerals under a section of land that was the subject of this lawsuit (the Property) and that Luther Term Interest Ho...

State v. Barrett  
Date: June 7, 2019
Docket Number: 113767

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals ruling that the district court's error in denying Defendant's request for an instruction on imperfect self-defense voluntary manslaughter was harmless, hold...

State v. Andrade-Reyes  
Date: June 7, 2019
Docket Number: 115044

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the judgment of the district court denying Defendant's motion to suppress evidence on the ground that incriminating evidence was obtained as the r...

State v. Newton  
Date: June 7, 2019
Docket Number: 116098

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the judgment of the district court denying Defendant's motion to correct an illegal sentence, holding that Defendant's sentence, which was legal w...

State v. Palacio  
Date: June 7, 2019
Docket Number: 116899

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's convictions of first-degree murder under theories of premeditation and felony murder, attempted first-degree murder, and other offenses, holding that the district court did not err...

State v. Rucker  
Date: June 7, 2019
Docket Number: 117143

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction for first-degree felony murder, holding that there was sufficient evidence to support the conviction. Defendant was convicted of first-degree felony murder after a jury...

In re Guardianship and Conservatorship of B.H.  
Date: June 7, 2019
Docket Number: 118188

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals reversing the judgment of the district court refusing to grant Petitioners' petition to terminate a guardianship and conservatorship over four children in t...

In re Boone video
Date: June 7, 2019
Docket Number: 120744
In re Hult Disbarment
Date: June 6, 2019
Docket Number: 24854
In re Greeno Disbarment
Date: June 3, 2019
Docket Number: 11657
State v. Smith  
Date: May 31, 2019
Docket Number: 113828

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the judgment of the district court summarily dismissing Defendant's pro se motion for jail credit, holding that the lower courts correctly conclud...

State v. Johnson  
Date: May 31, 2019
Docket Number: 117788

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and vacated in part the sentence imposed by the district court in connection with Defendant's no contest plea to felony murder, aggravated assault, and criminal possession of a firearm,...

State v. Douglas  
Date: May 31, 2019
Docket Number: 119170

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the court of appeals majority's decisions to reverse the district judge's decision to suppress evidence and appropriate instructions for her further action on remand but altered the court's ins...

In re Thompson Disbarment video
Date: May 31, 2019
Docket Number: 120818
State v. Macomber  
Date: May 17, 2019
Docket Number: 113869

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming Defendant's conviction of involuntary manslaughter, holding that the district court did not err by not granting Defendant self-defense immunity an...

State v. Smith  
Date: May 17, 2019
Docket Number: 116586

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals vacating Defendant's sentence for trafficking contraband in jail, holding that the district court should not have included a Missouri municipal ordinance vi...

In re Petition for Habeas Corpus by Bowman  
Date: May 17, 2019
Docket Number: 119270

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court granted Petitioner's petition for a writ of habeas corpus challenging the State's authority to pursue a second trial against him on criminal charges, holding that the district judge's declaration of a m...

State v. Brook  
Date: May 10, 2019
Docket Number: 115657

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the district court correcting Defendant's postrelease supervision term after Defendant's probation was revoked and he was ordered to serve his original sentence and the court of...

Kudlacik v. Johnny's Shawnee, Inc.  
Date: May 10, 2019
Docket Number: 115869

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court dismissing Plaintiff's suit against Defendants, two commercial drinking establishments, for injuries he suffered in an accident with a vehicle whose driver co...

State v. Garcia-Garcia  
Date: May 10, 2019
Docket Number: 116648

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's convictions of attempted capital murder, kidnapping, burglary, and interference with law enforcement but vacated the court's order that Defendant pay a percentage of the attorney fe...

State v. Moore  
Date: May 10, 2019
Docket Number: 117275

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated Defendant's sentence in part and remanded for resentencing, holding that the district court, on remand, did not comply with the mandate of the Supreme Court by changing Defendant's life sentence...

State v. Edwards  
Date: May 10, 2019
Docket Number: 117305

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court's denial of Defendant's motion to withdraw plea but vacated the lifetime postrelease supervision portion of his sentence, holding that the district court had no authority to...

In re Herron Sixty-day suspension video
Date: May 10, 2019
Docket Number: 119726
In re Cure Eighteen-month suspension video
Date: May 10, 2019
Docket Number: 120518
State ex rel. Schmidt v. Kelly  
Date: May 10, 2019
Docket Number: 121061

Justia Opinion Summary: In this expedited action in quo warranto brought by the State on relation of the Attorney General against Governor Laura Kelly, Chief Justice Lawton Nuss, and the Kansas Senate concerning statutory procedures and obligat...

In re Sutherland Disbarment
Date: May 2, 2019
Docket Number: 8791
Hodes & Nauser, MDs, P.A. v. Schmidt  
Date: April 26, 2019
Docket Number: 114153

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that section 1 of the Kansas Constitution Bill of Rights protects a woman's right to an abortion, thus affirming the trial court's injunction temporarily enjoining the enforcement of S.B. 95, which...

State v. Boysaw  
Date: April 19, 2019
Docket Number: 112834

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction and sentence for one count of aggravated indecent liberties with a child, holding that there was no error in the conduct of the trial and that Kan. Stat. Ann. 60-455, the...

State v. Razzaq  
Date: April 19, 2019
Docket Number: 114325

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction and sentence for one count of aggravated indecent liberties with a child, holding that no error occurred in the conduct of Defendant's trial that required reversal. The...

State v. Qualls  
Date: April 19, 2019
Docket Number: 115648

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed Defendant's conviction for premeditated first-degree murder, holding that the district erred in denying Defendant's request for a self-defense instruction and that the error was not harmless....

Glaze v. J.K. Willliams, LLC  
Date: April 19, 2019
Docket Number: 115763

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decisions of the Court of Appeals and the Kansas Board of Workers Compensation concluding that Kan. Stat. Ann. 44-523(f)(1) unambiguously requires a claimant to move for extension within th...

Knoll v. Olathe School District No. 233  
Date: April 19, 2019
Docket Number: 116167

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals reversing the decision of the Kansas Workers Compensation Board (Board) affirming an ALJ's denial of Helen Knoll's application for hearing with the Kansas D...

State v. Murdock  
Date: April 19, 2019
Docket Number: 117315

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the district court sentencing Defendant a third time for two counts of aggravated robbery and one count of robbery, holding that Defendant's second sentence was legally imposed,...

Lambert v. Peterson  
Date: April 19, 2019
Docket Number: 117344

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court granting Defendants' motions to dismiss Plaintiff's petition alleging that Defendants - medical providers and facilities - committed negligence and medical ma...

State v. Robertson  
Date: April 19, 2019
Docket Number: 118427

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the summary denial of Defendant's pro se motion, which Defendant called a combined "motion to correct illegal sentence" and "motion to dismiss for lack of jurisdiction," holding that Defendant...

Estate of Graber v. Dillon Companies  
Date: April 12, 2019
Docket Number: 113412

Justia Opinion Summary: In this appeal concerning the statutory definition of "idiopathic causes" contained in the statute excluding benefits for certain accidents or injuries the Supreme Court held that the Workers Compensation Appeals Board i...

In re Copley Disbarment
Date: April 9, 2019
Docket Number: 20699
Peters v. Deseret Cattle Feeders, LLC  
Date: March 29, 2019
Docket Number: 113563

Justia Opinion Summary: In this employment case arising out of the sale of a cattle feedlot the Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals reversing summary judgment on Plaintiff's implied-in-fact employment contract claim and...

State v. Phillips  
Date: March 29, 2019
Docket Number: 115431

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Defendant's motion for a new trial based on newly discovered evidence, holding that the district court correctly held that the motion was untimely fil...

State v. Salary  
Date: March 29, 2019
Docket Number: 116406

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's convictions and sentences, holding that the district court did not err. Defendant was convicted of one count of first-degree premeditated murder and one count of arson. The Supreme...

In re Care & Treatment of Easterberg  
Date: March 29, 2019
Docket Number: 117933

Justia Opinion Summary: In this Kansas Sexually Violent Predator Act (KSVPA) case, Kan. Stat. Ann. 59-29a01 et seq., the Supreme Court remanded Thomas Easterberg's action seeking a petition for writ of habeas corpus, holding that there was a fa...

In re Kepfield video
Date: March 15, 2019
Docket Number: 112897
Dawson v. BNSF Railway Co.  
Date: March 15, 2019
Docket Number: 112925

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals vacating the jury verdict in favor of Charles Dawson as to his claim that the negligence of his employer, BNSF Railway Company, caused his back injuries, ho...

In re Stark Discharge from Probation video
Date: March 15, 2019
Docket Number: 114583
State v. Murrin  
Date: March 8, 2019
Docket Number: 115110

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming Defendant’s convictions, holding that the district court did not clearly err by failing to instruct on voluntary intoxication in determining Defen...

State v. Blansett  
Date: March 8, 2019
Docket Number: 115634

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court convicting Defendant of first-degree murder and aggravated assault for stabbing her ten-year-old son to death while suffering from a psychotic episode, holdin...

State v. Roberts  
Date: March 8, 2019
Docket Number: 117450

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the summary denial of Appellant’s motion to correct illegal sentence, holding that Appellant’s motion to correct illegal sentence was without merit. Appellant was sentenced to a hard twenty-fi...

State v. Brown  
Date: March 1, 2019
Docket Number: 113751

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated Defendant’s sentence imposed on remand after a successful criminal appeal, holding that Defendant’s due process rights were violated when he received more prison time upon resentencing. Defend...

State v. Woodring  
Date: March 1, 2019
Docket Number: 117347

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the district court denying Defendant’s motion to withdraw his plea, holding that the district court did not abuse its discretion. Defendant into an agreement with the State to...

In re Care & Treatment of Cone video  
Date: February 22, 2019
Docket Number: 116801

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming Matthew Cone’s involuntary commitment under the Kansas Sexually Violent Predator Act (SVPA), Kan. Stat. Ann. 59-29a01 et seq., holding that there...

In re Dickens video
Date: February 22, 2019
Docket Number: 119198
State v. Moyer  
Date: February 15, 2019
Docket Number: 105183

Justia Opinion Summary: In this appeal to the Supreme Court after a remand to the district court for a hearing to determine whether Defendant was denied his Sixth Amendment right to counsel, the Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s convictions fo...

State v. LaPointe  
Date: February 15, 2019
Docket Number: 113580

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the district court denying Defendant’s motion for a new trial and sustained the portion of the State’s cross-appeal arguing that Defendant’s crimes were not statutorily eligible...

State v. Donahue  
Date: February 8, 2019
Docket Number: 116564

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the district court denying Defendant’s motion to correct an illegal sentence, holding that the motion was not the appropriate procedural vehicle to raise the constitutional clai...

State v. Jamerson  
Date: January 25, 2019
Docket Number: 115629

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and vacated in part the decision of the district court granting Defendant’s motion to correct an illegal sentence but then modifying the duration and concurrent nature of one of Defenda...

In re Kurth - Six-month suspension video
Date: January 25, 2019
Docket Number: 118944
In re Grillot - Disbarment video
Date: January 25, 2019
Docket Number: 119909
Geer v. Eby  
Date: January 18, 2019
Docket Number: 115948

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the district court’s garnishment order in favor of a judgment creditor and her insurer, holding that the insurer demonstrated prejudice as a matte...

State v. Alvarez  
Date: January 18, 2019
Docket Number: 115993

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the portion of the court of appeals’ decision holding that relevant statutes required that the district court impose certain expenses as “court costs” but affirmed the portion of the decision a...

In re Robinson - (Disbarment)
Date: January 15, 2019
Docket Number: 13609
State v. Doelz  
Date: January 11, 2019
Docket Number: 113165

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the district court’s denial of Defendant’s motion to suppress the fruits of a vehicle search, holding that the general search of Defendant’s vehic...

Nauheim v. City of Topeka  
Date: January 11, 2019
Docket Number: 114271

Justia Opinion Summary: In this dispute over a claim by former tenants for relocation benefits after the City of Topeka negotiated and acquired property where the tenants operated their businesses the Supreme Court rejected the tenants’ content...

State v. Samuel  
Date: January 11, 2019
Docket Number: 116423

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court’s summary denial of Appellant’s motion to correct an illegal sentence, holding that this motion was not the appropriate procedural vehicle for Appellant to raise his claim....

State v. Robinson  
Date: January 11, 2019
Docket Number: 116650

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court’s denial of Appellant’s postconviction motion to compel discovery, holding that Kan. Stat. Ann. 60-237 did not authorize the relief Appellant sought. Appellant was convicted...

State v. Ayers  
Date: January 11, 2019
Docket Number: 117654

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s sentences for capital murder and other felonies and vacated the Board of Indigents’ Defense Services (BIDS) fee imposed on Defendant, holding that the district judge erred by failin...

In re Knox Disbarment video
Date: January 11, 2019
Docket Number: 119254
In re Bowman - (Order of Discharge from Probation)
Date: January 9, 2019
Docket Number: 109512
In re Jarvis - (Disbarment)
Date: January 8, 2019
Docket Number: 07012
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