The Kansas Supreme Court will hear two cases in a special session at Manhattan High School, 2100 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, as part of its ongoing outreach to familiarize Kansans with the high court, its work and the overall role of the Kansas judiciary.
It will be the Supreme Court's first visit to Manhattan in the court's 157-year history and it will be only the ninth time the court will hear cases in the evening. The court will be in session from 6:30 p.m. to about 8 p.m. on Monday, September 24th in the high school auditorium. After the session concludes, the justices will greet the public in an informal reception outside the auditorium.
State of Kansas (appellee) v. Lee Edward Williams (appellant)Wyandotte County: (Criminal Appeal) Williams was convicted of first-degree murder and criminal possession of a firearm in the 2013 killing of his child's mother. In 2016, the district court sentenced Williams to life in prison with a minimum of 25 years served before parole eligibility and a consecutive term of 20 months. Issues on appeal include whether: 1) the State committed prosecutorial error in its closing argument; 2) the trial court erred in denying Williams' Batson challenge; 3) the trial court erred in admitting autopsy photographs of the victim; and 4) the cumulative error denied Williams a fair trial.
Carl B. Davis, Bankruptcy Trustee, in the Matter of Cheryl A. Harrell (appellee/cross-appellant) v. Mark A. Judd, O.D., P.A. (appellants/cross-appellees)Barton County: (Petition for Review) Harell sold her late husband's optometry practice to Judd in 2006. Judd agreed to pay Harrell a percentage of yearly gross revenues through 2015 but stopped payment when he decided it violated Kansas optometry law. Harrell sued for breach of contract; she later declared bankruptcy. The district court entered summary judgement in favor of the bankruptcy trustee in 2015, one month after Cheryl Harrell's death. In 2016, the Court of Appeals held the purchase agreement was enforceable but reversed the trial court's denial of the trustee's request for prejudgement interest and remanded with directions to award interest. Issues on review are whether: 1) the payments made to Harrell were legal under Kansas optometry law; and 2) prejudgement interest should be awarded.
Summaries of the cases and briefs filed by the attorneys are available online by following the Manhattan Special Session link under What's New on the Kansas judicial branch website at www.kscourts.org.
If you want to attend the special session, plan to arrive at the venue early to allow time to get through security screening. Doors open at 6 p.m. To ease you check-in, do not bring: