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.