Friday, August 10, 2012

October 2012 KSC Docket

Here are the criminal cases on the KSC docket for October 22-26, 2012.  These summaries are based on the issues listed in the briefs filed and may not very accurately or fully describe the actual issues in the cases. I recommend you review the briefs yourself if you would like more details. Don't forget, arguments are streamed live over the internet at the appellate court website (here) if you would like to listen in to any of these arguments.

October 22--Monday--a.m.

State v. Misty Tague, No. 104,176 (Sedgwick)
Direct appeal; Felony murder
Carl F. A. Maughan
[Affirmed; Luckert; March 22, 2013]

     1.  Failure to allow defendant to elicit testimony of unavailable witness
     2.  Improper admission of statements against interest
     3.  Gruesome photographs
     4.  Improper restriction of cross-examination
     5.  Improper instructions (aiding and abetting)

State v. Dinh Loc Ta, No. 104,241 (Sedgwick)
Direct appeal; aggravated indecent liberties with a child
Michelle A. Davis
[Reversed; Luckert; Dec. 28, 2012]

     1.  Failure to require state to prove lewd fondling or touching
     2.  Prosecutorial misconduct (closing argument)
     3.  Insufficient evidence of alternative means
     4.  Failure to grant departure

State v. Raymond Ruggles, No. 104,262 (Montgomery)
Sentencing appeal
Korey A. Kaul
[Affirmed; Rosen; June 21, 2013]

     1.  Whether imposition of life sentence for solicitation violates Cruel and Unusual Punishment

October 23--Tuesday--a.m.

State v. Jaime Rodriguez, No. 103,467 (Wyandotte)
Direct appeal; Felony murder
Joanna Labastida
[Affirmed; Beier; Dec. 7, 2012]

     1.  Failure to give lesser
     2.  Gruesome photographs
     3.  Failure to grant new trial after improper comment on credibility of witnesses
     4.  Improper instruction that shaking resulted in great bodily harm

State v. Shanna Friday, No. 101,806 (Douglas)
Direct appeal (petition for review); Second degree murder
Shawn E. Minihan
[Affirmed; Nuss; Aug. 9, 2013]

     1.  Prosecutorial misconduct (closing argument)
     2.  Failure to give self-defense instruction
     3.  Improper aiding and abetting instruction
     4.  Improper restriction on informing jury of witness' plea bargain

State v. Charles Bridges, No. 101,222 (Wyandotte)
Direct appeal (petition for review); Second degree (unintentional) murder
Heather R. Cessna
[Affirmed; Nuss; Aug. 9, 2013]

     1.  Failure to allow theory of defense
     2.  Failure to suppress statements
     3.  Improper witness comment on defendant's credibility
     4.  Prosecutorial misconduct (personal opinion of credibility)
     5.  Identical offense doctrine second degree (unintentional) murder/involuntary manslaughter

October 24--Wednesday--a.m.

State v. Allen Smith, No. 102,573 (Douglas)
Direct appeal; Felony murder
Adam M. Hall
[Affirmed; Beier; Dec. 21, 2012]

     1.  Improper admission of prior bad act evidence
     2.  Improper giving of accomplice instruction of defense objection
     3.  Multiplicitous convictions
     4.  Prosecutorial misconduct (closing argument)

State v. Gerardo Urista, No. 103,089 (Shawnee)
Sentencing appeal (petition for review)
Rachel L. Pickering
[Rvd/Vac/Rmd; Rosen; Feb. 8, 2013]

     1.  Violation of plea agreement
     2.  Registration requirement without proper jury findings

State v. Terry Mishmash, No. 103,158 (Crawford)
Sentencing appeal (petition for review)
Lydia Krebs
[Affd/Vacd/Rmd; Rosen; Dec. 7, 2012]

     1.  Judicial personal use finding requiring registration unconstitutional
     2.  Improper finding of personal use

October 25--Thursday--a.m.

State v. Roy Hinton, No. 101,369 (Montgomery)
Direct appeal (petition for review); DUI
Rick Kittel
[Dismissed as improvidently granted Aug. 31, 2012]

     1.  Failure to grant motion to suppress evidence
     2.  Failure to allow counsel to argue no erratic driving
     3.  Improper imposition of fine

October 26--Friday--a.m.

State v. Sidney Gleason, No. 97,296 (Barton)
Direct appeal; Capital Murder and Death Sentence
Rebecca Woodman (brief); Sarah E. Johnson (argue)

     1.  Lack of subject-matter jurisdiction for capital murder
     2.  Failure to give lesser of felony murder
     3.  Failure to instruct jury on specific intent
     4.  Multiplicitous convictions
     5.  Failure to prove elements of capital murder
     6.  Improper finding of unavailable witness
     7.  Failure to grant mistrial after witness refuses to testify
     8.  Prosecutorial misconduct (closing argument)
     9.  Death penalty disportionate
    10.  Improper sentencing verdict forms
    11.  Insufficient evidence of aggravating factors





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