Thursday, May 05, 2011

May 2011 KSC docket

Here are the criminal cases on the KSC docket for May 17-23, 2011. 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.

May 17--Tuesday--a.m.
State v. Shane Marquis, No. 100,423 (Butler)
Probation revocation appeal (petition for review)
Matthew J. Edge
[Rvd/Rmd; Johnson; Aug. 19, 2011]
  • Right to confront at probation violation proceeding
State v. Anthony Kidd, No. 101,809 (Sedgwick)
Direct appeal; First-degree murder
Shawn E. Minihan
[Affirmed; Moritz; Dec. 2, 2011]
  • Failure to instruct on voluntary intoxication
  • Improper comment about "mug shot"
State v. David McDaniel, No. 101,634 (Seward)
Sentencing appeal (petition for review)
Patrick H. Dunn
[Affirmed; Beier; July 15, 2011]
  • Jurisdiction to impose restitution after sentencing

May 18--Wednesday--a.m.

State v. Scott Cheever, No. 99,988 (Shawnee)
Direct appeal; Capital murder and death sentence
Debra J. Wilson
[Affd/Rvd/Rmd; per curiam; Aug. 24, 2012]
[Modified opinion after SCOTUS reversal; Affirmed; Rosen; July 20, 2017]
  • Whether capital murder statute is constitutional
  • Improper admission of impeachment and rebuttal testimony
  • Failure to instruct on felony murder
  • Failure to strike biased juror
  • Improper dismissal of potential juror
  • Improper judicial comment on possible appeal
  • Failure to prove defendant over 18
  • Improper aggravating circumstance instructions
  • Improper mitigating circumstance instructions
  • Prosecutorial misconduct
  • Relaxed evidentiary standards at capital sentencing unconstitutional

May 19--Thursday--a.m.

State v. Rodolfo Gaona, No. 98,822 (Finney)
Direct appeal (petition for review); Rape/Agg Crim Sodomy
Matthew J. Edge
[Affd/Rvd/Rmd; Beier; March 2, 2012]
  • Improper admission of "expert" testimony
  • Failure to give lesser included offense
  • Improper exclusion of defense medical records
  • Improper admission of prior bad act evidence
  • Improper admission of prior consistent statements
State v. Xavier Miller, No. 100,247 (Wyandotte)
Direct appeal (petition for review); Second-degree murder (intentional)
Lydia Krebs
[Rvd/Rmd; Mortiz; Sept. 2, 2011]
  • Improper instruction on lesser offenses
  • Improper sympathy instruction
State v. Raymore Levy, No. 101,653 (Shawnee)
Direct appeal; Rape/Agg Crim Sodomy/Agg Ind Lib
Gerald E. Wells
[Affirmed; Biles; June 24, 2011]
  • Whether KSC should remand for proportionality inquiry
  • Ineffective assistance of counsel
  • Admission of "safetalk" interview violates Confrontation Clause

May 20--Friday--a.m.

State v. Bernard Preston, No. 98,629 (Johnson)
Direct appeal (petition for review); Possession with intent
Christina M. Waugh
[Rvd/Rmd; Biles; March 23, 2012]
  • Illegal stop
  • Illegal pat-down (no reasonable suspicion)
  • Illegal search (no probable cause)
  • Improper admission of refusal to consent to search
  • Improper admission of prior convictions
State v. Saul Miller, No. 99,232 (Saline)
Direct appeal (petition for review); Rape/Agg Crim Sodomy
Shawn E. Minihan
[Affirmed; Luckert; Oct. 28, 2011]
  • Retrial after mistrial violates Double Jeopardy
  • Prosecutorial misconduct
  • Improper admission of child statements under K.S.A.60-460(dd)
  • Admission of child's out of court statements violates Confrontation Clause
State v. William McKnight, No. 100,246 (Shawnee)
Sentencing appeal (petition for review)
Carl Folsom
[Rvd/Rmd; Rosen; Aug. 12, 2011]
  • Improper upward sentence modification after revocation

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