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Supreme Court Traveling Docket

Most Recent Special Session Tuesday, October 3, 2017 Emporia State University

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The Kansas Supreme Court traveled to Emporia State University as part of its ongoing outreach to familiarize Kansans with the high court, its work, and the overall role of the Kansas judiciary.

It was the Supreme Court's first visit to Emporia in the court's 156-year history, and it was the seventh time the court has heard cases in the evening.

View Oral Arguments Online

All of the Supreme Court's oral arguments can be viewed live online at Watch Supreme Court Live! accessible from the judicial branch website at www.kscourts.org. Archived recordings of past proceedings also are available online.

Cases on Docket

The court publishes a booklet for each special session that explains the proceedings and describes the cases. Summaries of the cases that were heard in Emporia, and briefs filed by the attorneys involved in the cases, follow:

Appeal No. 114,705: Rochelle Patterson, Mother and Next Best Friend of Nicolette Patterson, a minor, and Gavin Patterson, a minor, v. Cowley County, Kansas; Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism; Bolton Township; and Elaine Selenke as mother and heir-at-law of Courtney Brewer. Patterson seeks compensation in the death of her ex-husband, one of two people who drowned when their vehicle skidded off a rural road into the Arkansas River; there were no signs warning that the road ended at the river bank. At trial, Cowley County District Court dismissed the defendants. The Court of Appeals affirmed part of that ruling, reversed part of it, and remanded part of it to the trial court. Among the issues is that the appeals court decision conflicts with a previous Supreme Court ruling.

  7-6-16 Reply Brief (to Selenke) of Appellee/Cross-Appellant Cowley County, Kansas
  6-6-16 Response of Plaintiff-Appellee Selenke to Brief of Patterson and to Cross-Appeal Brief of Cowley County
4-21-16 Plaintiff-Appellant/Cross-Appellee's Reply and Cross-Appellee's Brief to Defendant-Appellee/Cross-Appellant Cowley County, Kansas Brief
  4-1-16 Response Brief of Defendant-Appellee Bolton Township
3-29-16 Brief of Appellee/Cross-Appellant Cowley County, Kansas
2-25-16 Brief of Plaintiff-Appellant/Cross-Appellee

Court of Appeals decision

Appeal No. 114,682: State of Kansas v. Dustin B. Hilt. Hilt appeals his Johnson County hard-50 life sentence for first-degree murder on the basis that a juror was wrongly replaced during the sentencing phase, that the State committed prosecutorial error, and that the trial court did not legally pronounce the sentence. In an earlier ruling, the Kansas Supreme Court vacated Hilt's original hard-50 sentence because it was imposed by a judge rather than a jury, which violated the Sixth Amendment as interpreted by the U.S. Supreme Court. After a resentencing hearing before a jury, the district court again imposed a hard-50 sentence.

  2-27-17 Brief of Appellee
10-26-16 Brief of Appellant

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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