Kansas Supreme Court Decisions 2020

State v. Brazzle
Date: July 10, 2020
Docket Number: 116649
In re Equalization Appeal of Target Corp.
Date: July 10, 2020
Docket Number: 119228
State v. Carter
Date: July 10, 2020
Docket Number: 119315
In re Adoption of Baby Girl G.
Date: July 10, 2020
Docket Number: 121051
State v. Kornelson  
Date: July 2, 2020
Docket Number: 118091

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's convictions for driving under the influence and illegal transportation of liquor, holding that "manifest necessity" is the correct measure for declaring a jury deadlocked under the...

Hammond v. San Lo Leyte VFW Post #7515  
Date: July 2, 2020
Docket Number: 118698

Justia Opinion Summary: In this personal injury case arising from a bar fight at the San Lo Leyte VFW Post #7515 in Clyde, Kansas (VFW) between Plaintiff and a third party patron of the bar the Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court o...

State v. Gibson  
Date: July 2, 2020
Docket Number: 119993

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's convictions of child abuse and felony murder with the underlying felony of child abuse but vacated the imposition of lifetime postrelease supervision, holding that the trial court d...

State v. Bradford  
Date: July 2, 2020
Docket Number: 120683

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's grid-sentence, holding that, under two of this Court's recent opinions, Defendant failed to establish that the district court imposed an illegal sentence for purposes of Kan. Stat....

State v. Satchell  
Date: June 26, 2020
Docket Number: 116151

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's convictions of several sex offenses involving two children but vacated the district court's order of lifetime postrelease supervision, holding that the district court erred in order...

Montgomery v. Saleh  
Date: June 26, 2020
Docket Number: 117518

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the opinion of the court of appeals affirming in part and reversing in part the order of the district court granting summary judgment for the State and Patrick Saleh, a highway patrol trooper,...

Russell v. Treanor Investments LLC  
Date: June 26, 2020
Docket Number: 117973

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgments of the lower courts determining that a condominium owner's consent was not required before a proposed grocery store could be constructed, holding that the district court properly...

In re J.P.  
Date: June 26, 2020
Docket Number: 118790

Justia Opinion Summary: In this extended-jurisdiction juvenile proceeding, the Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals dismissing the juvenile's appeal, holding that the court of appeals had jurisdiction to hear the appeal....

State v. George  
Date: June 26, 2020
Docket Number: 120190

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's convictions for first-degree murder, attempted distribution of a controlled substance, attempted aggravated robbery, aggravated assault, and criminal possession of a firearm, holdin...

State v. Roat  
Date: June 19, 2020
Docket Number: 113531

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals dismissing Appellant's appeal of the district court's denial of his motion to correct an illegal sentence, holding that the completion of a sentence does no...

State v. Tracy  
Date: June 19, 2020
Docket Number: 113763

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed the appeal brought by Defendant challenging the district court's decision to classify his 1974 Colorado conviction for second-degree burglary as a person felony when determining his criminal h...

State v. Sykes  
Date: June 19, 2020
Docket Number: 113903

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals granting the State's motion to dismiss Defendant's appeal of the denial of his motion to correct an illegal sentence based on the calculation of his crimina...

State v. Mayes  
Date: June 19, 2020
Docket Number: 115006

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Defendant's motion to correct an illegal sentence, holding that the appeal was moot. In 2011, Defendant pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary. The di...

State v. Ward  
Date: June 19, 2020
Docket Number: 116545

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court remanded this case to the court of appeals for consideration of State v. Roat, __ P.3d __ (No. 113,531, this day decided), holding that because the court of appeals did not have the advantage of Roat wh...

State v. Yazell  
Date: June 19, 2020
Docket Number: 116761

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the order of the court of appeals dismissing as moot Appellant's appeal from the revocation of his probation following an out-of-state arrest, holding that the court of appeals erred in relying...

State v. Morales  
Date: June 12, 2020
Docket Number: 111904

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated its decision reversing the judgment of both the court of appeals and district court concluding that the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA) did not preempt Defendant's prosecution...

State v. Garcia  
Date: June 12, 2020
Docket Number: 112502

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated its decision reversing the lower courts' conclusions that the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA) did not preempt Defendant's prosecution for identity theft, holding that, in accor...

State v. Dinkel  
Date: June 12, 2020
Docket Number: 113705

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming Defendant's convictions for two counts of rape of a child under the age of fourteen, holding that the court of appeals erred in concluding that ra...

State v. Glover  
Date: June 12, 2020
Docket Number: 116446

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated its judgment reversing the judgment of the court of appeals, which reversed the district court's ruling granting Defendant's motion to suppress evidence obtained during a traffic stop, holding t...

State v. Tucker  
Date: June 12, 2020
Docket Number: 119242

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the district court ordering Defendant to pay $5,000 in restitution, holding that Defendant met his burden to present some evidence of compelling circumstances to prove the resti...

State v. Adams  
Date: June 12, 2020
Docket Number: 120475

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the district court denying Defendant's postsentencing motion to withdraw his guilty plea after it found that the record conclusively showed Defendant's plea was knowing and volu...

State v. Hachmeister  
Date: June 5, 2020
Docket Number: 114796

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction for the premeditated murder of his mother, holding that the prosecutor erred in one respect during closing argument but that the erroneous comment was harmless given the...

State v. Brown
Date: June 5, 2020
Docket Number: 115817
In re St. Clair Trust Reformation  
Date: June 5, 2020
Docket Number: 120050

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court reforming an inter vivos trust created and funded by Jill Petrie St. Clair, holding that the district court's findings of fact were supported by clear and convin...

State v. Cott  
Date: May 29, 2020
Docket Number: 120075

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court denying Defendant's postsentence motion to withdraw his pleas of guilty to two counts of premeditated murder, holding that the district court did not abuse its d...

Harder v. Estate of Foster  
Date: May 15, 2020
Docket Number: 118845

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the district court determining that Appellant's claim for attorney fees and expenses should be decided by the court and not a jury, holding that Section 5 of the Kansas Constitu...

State v. Morris  
Date: May 15, 2020
Docket Number: 119911

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's convictions of both first-degree premeditated murder and the alternative charge of first-degree felony murder, holding that there was no error in the proceedings below. Specificall...

State v. Lemmie  
Date: May 1, 2020
Docket Number: 119439

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's convictions of first-degree felony murder, aggravated robbery, conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery, criminal possession of a firearm, fleeing and eluding, and interference with...

State v. Craig  
Date: May 1, 2020
Docket Number: 119660

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction and sentence for first-degree felony murder, holding that there was no error in the proceedings below. A jury found Defendant guilty of both first-degree felony murder a...

State v. Randle  
Date: May 1, 2020
Docket Number: 119720

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of first-degree murder and criminal discharge of a firearm, holding that Defendant's claims of trial error and challenge to his sentence were unavailing. Specifically,...

State v. Thomas  
Date: April 24, 2020
Docket Number: 116111

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals reversing the decision of the district court granting Defendant's pretrial motion to dismiss his charge of first-degree murder based on self-defense immunit...

State v. Collins  
Date: April 24, 2020
Docket Number: 117743

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals reversing the judgment of the district court dismissing the second-degree murder and aggravated battery charges against Defendant on the grounds that Defend...

State v. Espinoza  
Date: April 24, 2020
Docket Number: 118737

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Defendant's challenge to the constitutionality of his sentence, holding that because Defendant did not object to the district court's failure to make...

State v. Broxton  
Date: April 17, 2020
Docket Number: 114675

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's convictions for second-degree murder, burglary, and theft but reversed Defendant's sentences, holding that any error during the guilt phase was harmless but that the district court...

State v. Harris  
Date: April 17, 2020
Docket Number: 117362

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming Defendant's conviction of possession fo marijuana, holding that Defendant's waiver of jury trial was legally insufficient. On appeal, Defendant a...

State v. Frazier  
Date: April 17, 2020
Docket Number: 117456

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the district court affirming the judgment of the district court denying Defendant's motion to withdraw plea of no contest to one count of possession of heroin with intent to dis...

State v. Corbin  
Date: April 17, 2020
Docket Number: 119665

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the ruling of the district court on remand resentencing Defendant to his original mandatory term of imprisonment after once again finding he was not a person with intellectual disability, holdi...

State v. Uk  
Date: April 17, 2020
Docket Number: 119712

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction for first-degree premeditated murder, holding that the district court did not err in its challenged instructions to the jury. Specifically, the Supreme Court held (1) th...

Kelly v. Legislative Coordinating Council  
Date: April 11, 2020
Docket Number: 122765

Justia Opinion Summary: In this controversy arising from emergency proclamation issued by Governor Laura Kelly in response to the global public health crisis related to COVID-19 and her follow-up executive orders the Supreme Court granted in pa...

State v. Coleman  
Date: April 10, 2020
Docket Number: 118673

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals reversing the judgment of the district court revoking Defendant's probation without first imposing intermediate sanctions, holding that Kan. Stat. Ann. 22-3...

State v. Coleman  
Date: April 3, 2020
Docket Number: 115293

Justia Opinion Summary: In this consolidated appeal challenging sentences imposed for crimes occurring both before and after statutory amendments in 2015 to the revised Kansas Sentencing Guidelines Act (KSGA), Kan. Stat. Ann. 21-6801, the Supre...

Hawkins v. Southwest Kansas Co-op Service  
Date: April 3, 2020
Docket Number: 118379

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case concerning the application of the statutory scheme permitting an employer that has provided workers compensation benefits to an injured employee to obtain both a subrogation interest in any recovery the empl...

In re Quinn
Date: April 3, 2020
Docket Number: 119148
In re Joint Application of Westar Energy & Kansas Gas & Electric Co.  
Date: April 3, 2020
Docket Number: 120436

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the Kansas Corporation Commission approving a non-unanimous settlement agreement including certain rate design changes at issue in this case, holding that the new rate design vi...

State v. Gonzalez  
Date: March 27, 2020
Docket Number: 119492

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's convictions of felony murder, attempted aggravated robbery, and conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery, holding that there was sufficient evidence to prove intent to commit a robbe...

In re Mayes
Date: March 18, 2020
Docket Number: 27058
State v. Galloway  
Date: March 13, 2020
Docket Number: 117941

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction for premeditated first-degree murder, arson, and interference with law enforcement but vacated Defendant's controlling hard fifty life sentence, holding that the district...

State v. Parker  
Date: March 13, 2020
Docket Number: 118349

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of premeditated first-degree murder, holding that there was no error in the proceedings below. During trial, the court instructed the jury on premeditated first-degree m...

State v. Sesmas  
Date: March 13, 2020
Docket Number: 119862

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court convicting Defendant of first-degree murder, kidnapping, and aggravated interference with parental custody, holding that Defendant's post-arrest confession wa...

State v. Carter  
Date: March 6, 2020
Docket Number: 116223

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court convicting Defendant of aggravated robbery for robbing a Dollar General using a Taser and ordering Defendant to register as a violent offender under the Kansa...

In re Saville
Date: March 6, 2020
Docket Number: 121050
State v. Gray  
Date: February 28, 2020
Docket Number: 117747

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of first-degree premeditated murder, rape, and aggravated burglary, holding that the district court did not err in admitting prior sex crime evidence and did not commit c...

State v. Becker  
Date: February 28, 2020
Docket Number: 118235

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of first-degree murder but vacated the portion of his sentence ordering lifetime postrelease supervision, holding that Defendant was not entitled to relief on his claims...

In re Kupka
Date: February 28, 2020
Docket Number: 122053
State v. Boeschling  
Date: February 14, 2020
Docket Number: 116757

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's convictions of burglary, theft, and prohibited possession of firearms, holding that the district court judge's response to a jury's mid-deliberation question about jury nullificatio...

State v. Fowler  
Date: February 14, 2020
Docket Number: 116803

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the judgment of the district court sentencing Defendant after he pled guilty to felony possession of methamphetamine, felony domestic battery, and...

State v. Newman  
Date: February 14, 2020
Docket Number: 118608

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court's denials of Defendant's motions to withdraw his pleas of guilty to first-degree felony murder and attempted second-degree intentional murder but vacated the imposition of li...

State v. Peterson  
Date: February 14, 2020
Docket Number: 119314

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court judge granting in part and denying in part Defendant's motion to correct an illegal sentence, holding that this Court cannot consider the merits of Defendant'...

State v. Smith  
Date: January 31, 2020
Docket Number: 115321

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals dismissing for lack of jurisdiction Appellant's appeal challenging his convictions, holding that the court of appeals did not err when it dismissed Appellan...

State v. Williams  
Date: January 24, 2020
Docket Number: 115119

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court remanded Defendant's case for resentencing, holding that the court of appeals properly rejected Defendant's speedy trial claim but that Defendant's sentence was erroneous. Defendant was convicted of un...

State v. Downing  
Date: January 24, 2020
Docket Number: 116629

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of a court of appeals panel reversing a conviction of burglary of a dwelling, holding that the evidence was insufficient to support the conviction. The panel reversed Defendant's...

Williams v. Geico General Insurance Co.  
Date: January 21, 2020
Docket Number: 117149

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reinstated the district court's award granting Plaintiff substitution benefits after a court of appeals panel held that married persons cannot be a provider or recipient of substitution services to each...

State v. Lyman  
Date: January 10, 2020
Docket Number: 114312

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's convictions for felony murder based on abuse of a child, abuse of a child by shaking, and aggravated battery, holding that the district court did not err or commit judicial miscondu...

State v. Jenkins  
Date: January 10, 2020
Docket Number: 118120

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's convictions of first-degree felony murder, two counts of aggravated battery, and related offenses, holding that the district court judge properly admitted as evidence recorded jail...

State v. Patterson  
Date: January 10, 2020
Docket Number: 118180

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's convictions and sentence arising from an armed robbery in which a victim was killed by an accomplice, holding that there was no error or abuse of discretion in the proceedings below...

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