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Supreme Court releases for December 13, 2019

13 Dec 2019 12:01 PM | Amanda Kohlman (Administrator)

The Kansas Supreme Court released the following published decision today: 

Appeal No. 112,883: State of Kansas v. Samuel L. Harris

Archived oral argument video

The Supreme Court today affirmed Harris' Lyon County convictions for robbery, kidnapping, and criminal threat. His crimes arose from a 2013 incident during which he controlled his victim for two hours while demanding money. In a unanimous opinion written by Justice Dan Biles, the court rejected Harris' claims there was insufficient evidence to sustain his kidnapping conviction. And although it concluded there were errors in the district court's jury instructions, it nonetheless determined they did not require reversing Harris' convictions. The court also held Harris failed to demonstrate he was prejudiced by his defense counsel's tardiness in challenging the contents of the State's filing setting out the charges against him.

Kansas Court of Appeals decisions released today


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