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Supreme Court Traveling Docket

6:30 p.m. Monday, September 24, 2018 Manhattan High School

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Special Session Program

The Kansas Supreme Court is heading to Manhattan High School in 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 the ninth time the court will hear cases in the evening.

Oral Argument and Public Reception

The public is invited to attend the special session to hear oral arguments in person. Court will be in session from 6:30 p.m. to about 8 p.m. September 24 in the auditorium at Manhattan High School in Manhattan.

The public is invited to observe the proceedings as the court hears oral arguments in two cases. After the session concludes, the justices will greet the public in an informal reception in the gathering space outside the auditorium.

Quiet, Please

Talking during oral arguments is prohibited. If you arrive after proceedings start, or you must leave the auditorium before it ends, be as quiet as possible entering and exiting the auditorium. Also, do not talk immediately outside the doors to the performing arts center.

Security Screening

If you attend in person, plan to arrive early to allow time to get through security screening. The doors will open at 6 p.m. Follow these guidelines to make your check-in as quick and easy as possible:

  • Do not bring large bags, large purses, backpacks, computer cases, or briefcases.
  • Do not bring knives, pepper spray, firearms, or weapons.
  • Do not bring electronic devices like laptop computers, handheld games, personal digital assistants, or tablets. If you have to carry a cell phone, it must be turned off or its ringer silenced, and it must be stored out of sight.
  • Do not bring food or drink.

Court and college staff will not be responsible for property left outside the auditorium.

View Oral Arguments Online

If you can't attend in person, watch a live webcast of the oral arguments online at Watch Supreme Court Live! accessible from the judicial branch website at www.kscourts.org. Afterward, an archived recording of the proceedings will be available online.

Cases on Docket

Cases to be heard are listed on the docket for this special session. Summaries of the cases to be heard, and briefs filed by the attorneys involved in the cases, follow.

Appeal No. 116,690: State of Kansas (appellee) v. Lee Edward Williams (appellant)

Attorneys for Appellee: Derek L. Schmidt, attorney general; Lois K. Malin, assistant district attorney
Attorney for Appellant: Peter Maharry, appellate public defender

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 imprisonment 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.

Appeal No. 119,458: State of Kansas (appellant) v. Julia Colleen Evans (appellee)

Attorney for Appellant: Daryl Hawkins
Attorney for Appellee: Whitney Kauffeld

Dickinson County: (Interlocutory Appeal) Evans was charged with unlawful possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Prior to trial, Evans filed a motion to suppress the State's evidence. The evidence was obtained from Evans' car, which had been involved in a single-car accident. After Evans was taken by emergency medical services to the hospital, the officer at the scene removed her purse and wallet from the vehicle without a warrant or her consent. The officer then searched the wallet to find Evans' driver's license. While searching for her driver's license, the officer discovered methamphetamine in a zippered-pocket of the wallet. Evans motioned to suppress the evidence, which the district court granted on the grounds that it did not fall under one of the exceptions necessary to justify a warrantless search. The State appealed, arguing the Dickinson County District Court erred in granting the motion to suppress. The issue on appeal is whether the trial court erred in granting Evans' motion to suppress the evidence.

This case substitutes for Appeal No. 113,933: Carl B. Davis, Bankruptcy Trustee, in the Matter of Cheryl A. Harrell v. Mark A. Judd, O.D., and Mark A. Judd, O.D., P.A., arising out of Barton County.

Supreme Court Traveling Docket

In 2011, the Supreme Court convened outside its Topeka courtroom in the Kansas Judicial Center to mark the state's 150th anniversary. Its first stop was the historic Supreme Court courtroom in the Kansas Statehouse. From there, and through the end of 2011, the court conducted special sessions in Salina, Greensburg, and Wichita. Since then, the court has held special sessions as follows:

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