Appeal Nos. 120,747 and 121,048: State of Kansas v. Thomas C. Griffin II
Summary calendar; no oral argument
The Kansas Supreme Court upheld Griffin's conviction for methamphetamine possession, which he challenged on the grounds he was not brought to trial quickly enough. Shortly after the State charged Griffin, he began serving an earlier sentence in a Department of Corrections facility. Griffin sought to expedite the trial of the methamphetamine possession case under the Kansas Uniform Disposition of Detainers Act, which generally requires a trial to occur within 180 days after the court receives an incarcerated defendant's request to expedite and a certificate from the Secretary of Corrections containing information about the incarceration. In a unanimous decision written by Justice Dan Biles, the court held Griffin failed to demonstrate the trial occurred too late when he claimed the time limit elapsed 180 days from his request, rather than the later date on which the Secretary of Corrections' certificate was received.