Saturday, March 30, 2013

April/May 2013 KSC Docket

Here are the criminal cases on the KSC docket for April 29-May 2, 2013.  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.

April 29--Monday--a.m.

State v. Katron Harris, No. 104,565 (Wyandotte)
Direct appeal; First-degree felony murder
Michelle A. Davis
[Affirmed; Biles; Aug. 16, 2013]
  1. Insufficient evidence of underlying robbery
  2. Failure to grant mistrial after prosecutor's attack on defense counsel
  3. Insufficient evidence of alternative means
State v. Austin Jones, No. 105,420 (Sedgwick)
Direct appeal; First-degree felony murder
Randall L. Hodgkinson
[Affirmed; Beier; Nov. 8, 2013]
  1. Stand Your Ground immunity
  2. Prosecutorial misconduct
State v. Jason Cruz, No. 104,847 (Sedgwick)
Direct appeal; First-degree murder (premeditated)
Shawn E. Minihan (brief); Joanna Labastida (argue)
[Affirmed; Johnson; Aug. 9, 2013]
  1. Improper consolidation
  2. Improper line-up identification
  3. Improper admission of gang evidence
  4. Improper eyewitness ID instruction
State v. Sergio Cervantes-Puentes, No. 104,020 (Sedgwick)
Direct appeal; Agg indecent liberties
Matthew J. Edge (brief); Michelle A. Davis (argue)
[Affirmed; Moritz; June 14, 2013]
  1. Improper photo array ID
  2. Imposed sentences are cruel and unusual punishment
  3. Life sentences are cruel and unusual punishment
April 30--Tuesday--a.m.

State v. Rodney Turner, No. 102,478 (Wyandotte)
State appeal (petition for review)
James L. Eisenbrandt, Christina M. Birgensmith
[Affirmed; Johnson; Sept. 5, 2014]
  1. Improper dismissal of theft/false claim prosecution
State v. Sean Key, No. 104,651 (Ellis)
Sentencing appeal (petition for review)
Michael S. Holland, II
[Affirmed; Arnold-Burger; April 18, 2014]
  1. Failure to consider challenge to predicate DUI offense
May 1--Wednesday--a.m.

State v. Christopher Lowrance, No. 101,458 (Montgomery)
Direct appeal; Capital murder
Sarah Ellen Johnson
[Affirmed; Luckert; Nov. 8, 2013]
  1. Prosecutorial misconduct
  2. Improper removal of juror without cause
  3. Improper admission of prejudicial evidence
  4. Improper admission of opinion of lay witness
  5. Insufficient evidence
State v. Stanton Holt, No. 105,854 (Geary)
Motion for new trial appeal
Sam S. Kepfield
[Affirmed; Nuss; Dec. 6, 2013]
  1. Denial of motion for new trial
State v. Christopher Brooks, No. 103,774 (Crawford)
Direct appeal (petition for review); Rape
Ryan Eddinger (brief); Samuel D. Schirer (argue)
[Rev/Rmd; Johnson; July 26, 2013]
  1. Ineffective assistance of counsel
May 2--Thursday--a.m.

State v. Anderson Cheffen, No. 105,384 (Wyandotte)
Direct appeal; First-degree felony murder
Matthew J. Edge (brief); Michelle A. Davis (argue)
[Affirmed; Biles; June 21, 2013]
  1. Failure to confirm jury verdict in court
  2. Insufficient evidence of alternative means
  3. Failure to give lesser included offenses of felony murder
State v. Rusty Sievers, No. 102,471 (Barton)
Direct appeal; Fleeing and eluding
Michelle A. Davis
[Affirmed; Nuss; May 2, 2014]
  1. Statutory speedy trial violation
  2. Fleeing and eluding and reckless driving convictions multiplicitious
State v. Tabitha Adams, No. 104,068/104,432 (Ford)
K.S.A. 60-1507 appeal
Christina M. Kerls
[Affirmed; Moritz; June 21, 2013]
  1. Ineffective assistance of counsel
  2. Improper denial of motion to withdraw plea

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