Appeal Nos. 118,673, 118,674, and 118,675: State of Kansas v. Kevin Coil Coleman
Archived oral argument video
Coleman appealed Saline County District Court's decision to revoke his probation after the Legislature amended the probation revocation statute. The amended statute allows a trial court to revoke probation without first imposing graduated sanctions in cases where the court originally granted probation as a downward disposition. Coleman argued the trial court erred by revoking his probation without first giving him graduated sanctions. A majority of the Court of Appeals held the trial court could not revoke Coleman's probation without first imposing intermediate sanctions. The Supreme Court affirms, holding the amendment does not apply to probationers such as Coleman whose offenses were committed before the amendment's effective date.