Kansas Supreme Court Decisions 2021

State v. Bodine  
Date: May 7, 2021
Docket Number: 120620

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and dismissed in part Defendant's convictions of first-degree felony murder, aggravated kidnapping, abuse of a child, aggravated endangering a child, aggravated assault, and criminal da...

State v. Blevins  
Date: May 7, 2021
Docket Number: 121516

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction for premeditated first-degree murder, along with his hard fifty sentence, holding that there was no reversible error. Specifically, the Supreme Court held (1) the distri...

In re Ayesh
Date: May 7, 2021
Docket Number: 123203
Tillman v. Goodpasture  
Date: April 30, 2021
Docket Number: 117439

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming the judgment of the district court dismissing Plaintiffs' lawsuit against their doctor based on Kan. Stat. Ann. 60-1906(a), holding that section 6...

Carman v. Harris  
Date: April 30, 2021
Docket Number: 118734

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the district court's denial of Mother's request seeking to order Father to pay half of her expenses for prenatal medical care and the birth of the...

State v. Arrizabalaga  
Date: April 30, 2021
Docket Number: 120209

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the ruling of the district court granting Defendant's motion to suppress the fruits of a vehicle search conducted by the Kansas Highway Patrol, ho...

State v. Johnson  
Date: April 30, 2021
Docket Number: 121951

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Appellant's request for relief under Kan. Stat. Ann. 21-6628(c), formerly Kan. Stat. Ann,. 21-4639, holding that the district court properly denied De...

State v. Appleby  
Date: April 30, 2021
Docket Number: 122281

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court's denial of Defendant's request for resentencing under Kan. Stat. Ann. 21-6628(c), holding that section 21-6628(c) does not create an avenue or independent means by which a c...

State v. Trotter  
Date: April 30, 2021
Docket Number: 122293

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Defendant's motion for sentence modification, holding that there was no procedural mechanism by which a Kansas court could reconsider Defendant's sent...

State v. Watson  
Date: April 23, 2021
Docket Number: 118710

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming Defendant's conviction and reversed the judgment of the district court based on the jury verdict, holding that the prosecutor misstated both the l...

State v. Aguirre  
Date: April 23, 2021
Docket Number: 119529

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's convictions of voluntary manslaughter and first-degree premeditated murder, holding that the district court erred in admitting certain expert testimony, but the error was not revers...

State v. Levy  
Date: April 23, 2021
Docket Number: 119998

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of first-degree felony murder and his hard twenty-five sentence, holding that there was no error in the proceedings below. Specifically, the Supreme Court held (1) the e...

State v. Davis  
Date: April 23, 2021
Docket Number: 121054

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the district court's denial of Defendant's motion to withdraw his plea as untimely, holding that any error on the part of the lower courts was har...

State v. Holley  
Date: April 23, 2021
Docket Number: 121181

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed Defendant's conviction for first-degree murder and vacated his sentence for the conviction but affirmed his child endangerment convictions, holding that the district court erred in refusing to...

State v. Gallegos  
Date: April 23, 2021
Docket Number: 121685

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction for first-degree premeditated murder, holding that Defendant was not entitled to relief on his allegations of error. Specifically, the Supreme Court held (1) the distri...

In re Williamson
Date: April 19, 2021
Docket Number: 21282
In re Ball
Date: April 14, 2021
Docket Number: 10185
Jayhawk Racing Properties v. City of Topeka  
Date: April 9, 2021
Docket Number: 118035

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals reversing the judgment of the district court granting the City of Topeka's motion to dismiss this breach of contract suit, holding that dismissal was proper...

Hawkins v. Southwest Kansas Co-op Service  
Date: April 2, 2021
Docket Number: 118379

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case involving an Employer's subrogation interest in a $1.5 million settlement, the Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the judgment of the court of appeals reversing the decision of the Workers C...

State v. Cash  
Date: April 2, 2021
Docket Number: 121467

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction on multiple drug charges, holding that the district court did not err in denying Defendant's motion to suppress drug evidence seized during a traffic stop. At issue on a...

In re A.B.  
Date: April 2, 2021
Docket Number: 122685

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the district court in this case and held that the aggravated indecent liberties statute, Kan. Stat. Ann. 21-5506(b)(1), is not vague or overbroad and does not violate equal prot...

State v. Breitenbach  
Date: March 26, 2021
Docket Number: 120503

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's convictions of attempted capital murder, aggravated criminal sodomy, and aggravated burglary, holding that there were no errors in the proceedings below. Specifically, the Supreme...

State v. Tonge  
Date: March 19, 2021
Docket Number: 119543

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the judgment of the court of appeals vacating Defendant's sentence and remanding the case to the district court for resentencing, holding that the court of appeals...

State v. Dunn  
Date: March 19, 2021
Docket Number: 119866

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and vacated in part the decision of a panel of the court of appeals vacating Defendant's sentence of seventy-eight months' imprisonment and addressing and determining the three addition...

State v. Queen  
Date: March 19, 2021
Docket Number: 120643

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals holding that no exceptions extended the statutory speedy trial period in this case and that Defendant must be discharged from liability on the charges again...

In re F.C.  
Date: March 19, 2021
Docket Number: 121536

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the adjudication decision of the district court finding F.C. to be a child in need of care (CINC) under Kan. Stat. Ann. 38-2202(d)(2), which focuses on whether the child lacks necessary care or...

State v. Barber  
Date: March 19, 2021
Docket Number: 121720

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the district court denying Defendant's motion to withdraw his guilty plea to first-degree murder, holding that the district court did not abuse its discretion when it found that...

State v. Cheeks  
Date: March 19, 2021
Docket Number: 122621

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the district court denying Defendant's motion for postconviction DNA testing, holding that the district court did not err. In 1993, Defendant was convicted of the second-degree...

In re Hummer
Date: March 17, 2021
Docket Number: 19298
In re M.M.  
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 121936

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the district court dismissing M.M.'s claim seeking to recover compensation for his wrongful 226-day confinement to a juvenile corrections facility, holding that Kan. Stat. Ann....

State v. Smith  
Date: March 12, 2021
Docket Number: 121949

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the district court denying Appellant's motion for leave to appeal out of time, holding that the district court did not err in denying Appellant's motion under the exceptions set...

In re Cure
Date: March 8, 2021
Docket Number: 120518
State v. Thornton  
Date: March 5, 2021
Docket Number: 120028

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's convictions for possession of marijuana, methamphetamine, and drug paraphernalia, holding that the trial court erred in admitting evidence that a syringe was found by police during...

Ellie v. State  
Date: March 5, 2021
Docket Number: 120030

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court reversing Defendant's conviction of aggravated battery, rape, and aggravated kidnapping on the grounds that a conflict of interest existed between Defendant a...

In re Care & Treatment of Quillen  
Date: March 5, 2021
Docket Number: 120184

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Richard Quillen's petition to be placed in transitional release from his civil commitment as a sexually violent predator under the Kansas Sexually Vio...

State v. Hayes  
Date: March 5, 2021
Docket Number: 121881

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the district court's summary dismissal of Defendant's motion to correct an illegal sentence, holding that the district court did not err. Defendant was convicted of first-degree murder, aggrav...

In re Shepherd
Date: March 4, 2021
Docket Number: 120875
In re Cullins  
Date: February 26, 2021
Docket Number: 122565

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court ordered that F. William Cullins, a district judge in the Fourteenth Judicial District be suspended from his judicial duties in the state of Kansas for one year, concluding that the charges against Culli...

State v. Fraire  
Date: February 19, 2021
Docket Number: 121378

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's convictions of premeditated first-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon by a convicted felon but vacated the imposition of lifetime postrelease supervision as part of De...

In re P.R.  
Date: February 12, 2021
Docket Number: 119745

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the judgment of the district court concluding that Mother's voluntary relinquishment of her child under Kan. Stat. Ann. 38-2268 was a legally auth...

State v. Stoll  
Date: February 5, 2021
Docket Number: 117081

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming Defendant's conviction for failure to register under the Kansas Offender Registration Act (KORA), holding that the court of appeals panel erred wh...

State v. Colson  
Date: February 5, 2021
Docket Number: 120946

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's convictions for felony murder, intentional second-degree murder, felony theft of a firearm, felony theft of a vehicle, and burglary, holding that there was no error in the proceedin...

State v. Farmer  
Date: February 5, 2021
Docket Number: 121534

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's sentence for first-degree felony murder and several other offenses, holding that the district court did not err in denying Defendant's departure motion and that Defendant abandoned...

In re Kepfield
Date: January 29, 2021
Docket Number: 112897
State v. Morley  
Date: January 29, 2021
Docket Number: 120017

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals vacating Defendant's sentence, holding that a reasonable person would not find Defendant's acceptance of responsibility to be a compelling reason to overrid...

State v. Griffin  
Date: January 29, 2021
Docket Number: 120747

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction for methamphetamine possession after he pled no contest to that offense, holding that the district court properly denied Defendant's motion to dismiss for violation of th...

In re Estate of Taylor  
Date: January 22, 2021
Docket Number: 120033

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court concluding that the executor of the Estate of Thelma J. Taylor converted estate property and ordering the executor to repay double the converted property's value...

In re Ahrens
Date: January 22, 2021
Docket Number: 122332
State v. Coble  
Date: January 15, 2021
Docket Number: 118382

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed Defendant's conviction of one count of aggravated arson, holding that where the State charged three identical counts of aggravated arson and the jury instructions and verdict form failed to dis...

State v. Crosby  
Date: January 15, 2021
Docket Number: 119824

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed Defendant's conviction for distribution of a controlled substance and affirmed Defendant's remaining convictions, holding that there was insufficient evidence to support the distribution convic...

State v. Phillips  
Date: January 15, 2021
Docket Number: 121075

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's convictions for first-degree murder and aggravated battery, holding that none of Defendant's allegations of error required reversal of his convictions. Specifically, the Supreme Co...

Johnson v. U.S. Food Service  
Date: January 8, 2021
Docket Number: 117725

Justia Opinion Summary: In this workers compensation case, the Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals holding that Kan. Stat. Ann. 44-510e(a)(2)(B) was unconstitutional on its face, holding that the statute is constitutiona...

State v. Hooks  
Date: January 8, 2021
Docket Number: 119881

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court declined to retain Appellant's appeal under the "unique circumstances doctrine" and refused to make factual findings, holding that remand was required for factual findings regarding the circumstances of...

State v. McNabb  
Date: January 8, 2021
Docket Number: 120390

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Defendant's motion for a downward durational departure from the presumptive hard fifty sentence for his convictions for two counts of first-degree pre...

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