Reporters covering criminal cases sometimes encounter a judge who believes that it is appropriate, for whatever reason, to close the courtroom doors and prevent the public, and the media, from attending certain proceedings. An example of such an instance was recounted in a relatively recent Kansas Supreme Court case, State v. Cox, 297 Kan. 648 […]
Archive | June, 2015
Earlier this month, Douglas County District Court Judge James McCabria declined to grant summary judgment in Hall v. University of Kansas, thereby requiring that the case proceed to trial. The case arose when KU lecturer Dr. Art Hall obtained injunctive relief late last year against the university preventing it from disclosing documents requested by a […]
Fresh Takes’ own Max Kautsch co-authored the cover story in the current issue of the Journal of the Kansas Bar Association. The article takes an in-depth look at the legislative intent related to the newly amended statutes and the genesis of their adoption. It aspires to guide members of the public and journalists in requesting […]
Controversy over police conduct in Ferguson, Missouri, and elsewhere has sparked interest in video recordings that show whether police acted lawfully. In an effort to hold police accountable, members of the public and the media in Kansas may be interested in obtaining copies of video, as well as audio recordings, made and possessed by law […]
As discussed in this space in April, certain proceedings in State v. Flack are subject to challenge, and the Ottawa Herald has filed motions to intervene and unseal in that case. Read the Topeka Capital-Journal’s coverage here.