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

Special Session Program

The Kansas Supreme Court's special session on September 24 was part of its ongoing outreach to familiarize Kansans with the high court, its work, and the overall role of the Kansas judiciary. The next special session is tentatively scheduled in April 2019, with the location to be determined.


Oral Argument and Public Reception

During these special sessions, the public is invited to hear oral arguments in person. Court is in session from 6:30 p.m. to about 8 p.m. After the session concludes, the justices greet the public in an informal reception.


View Oral Arguments Online

If you weren't able to attend the Manhattan session in person, you can access an archived recording of the proceedings. Special sessions and the court's regular sessions in Topeka can be seen live at Watch Supreme Court Live!—accessible from the judicial branch website at www.kscourts.org.


Cases on Docket

Cases heard were listed on the docket for this special session. Summaries of the cases 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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