Kansas Supreme Court Decisions, April 1, 2022

01 Apr 2022 11:12 AM | Executive Director (Administrator)

Appeal No. 121,944: State of Kansas v. Jennifer L. Goodro

Appeal No. 121,944 archived oral argument

The Supreme Court affirmed a decision denying Goodro’s motion to suppress drug evidence. Goodro relied on K.S.A. 22-2401(c)(2)(A), which limits misdemeanor arrests to situations where an officer has probable cause to believe the suspect will not be apprehended. Based on evidence Goodro had not given her last name, lived in another city, had transportation problems, and had a prior theft conviction, and failure to appear. The Reno County District Court denied Goodro’s motion, a Court of Appeals panel affirmed, and Goodro petitioned for review. In a unanimous opinion written by Justice Melissa Taylor Standridge, the Court affirmed the panel. The totality of the circumstances from the objective standpoint of a reasonable law enforcement officer supported the district court’s finding of probable cause.

Case No: 124,395: In the Matter of Daniel J. Martinez

Case No: 124,395 archived oral argument

The Supreme Court suspended Martinez from the practice of law in Kansas for three years for violations of KRPC 1.1 (competence); KRPC 1.4 (communication); KRPC 1.5 (fees); KRPC 1.15 (safekeeping property); KRPC 1.16 (terminating representation); (communications concerning a lawyer’s services); and KRPC 8.4 (professional misconduct). However, imposition of the suspension is stayed, and the respondent is placed on probation for three years.

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