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Kansas Supreme Court Decisions for Oct 8, 2021

13 Oct 2021 8:40 AM | Amanda Kohlman (Administrator)
Appeal No. 118,792: State of Kansas v. Cameron Michael Taylor

Appeal No. 118,792 archived oral argument

The Supreme Court reversed a Court of Appeals decision that upheld Taylor's convictions of battery against a law enforcement officer and intentional criminal threat. In an opinion written by Justice Dan Biles, the Supreme Court stated the Court of Appeals failed to aggregate all trial errors it identified and failed to apply a proper test in conducting its harmless error analysis when assessing the cumulative effect of the errors. The Court further noted the Court of Appeals failed to question whether the errors' cumulative effect savaged Taylor's credibility when the trial evidence supporting the battery and threat charges was not overwhelming. The Court remanded the case to the Finney County District Court with directions to grant him a new trial.


Appeal No. 123,211: State of Kansas v. Robert Lewis Jackson


Summary calendar; no oral argument

The Supreme Court upheld a sentence of life without the possibility of parole for 40 years originally imposed on Jackson for a Topeka murder committed in 1994. Jackson filed a motion arguing the 40-year wait for parole eligibility was illegal because the State did not notify him of its intent to seek that punishment at the time of his arraignment, as required by the then-applicable statute. The State instead provided its notice before the arraignment. In an opinion written by Justice Dan Biles, the Supreme Court ruled that the early notice satisfied the statute's requirements.

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