The Public Speech Protection Act (“the Act”), as proposed in HB 2054, would strengthen Kansans’ right to freedom of expression while simultaneously protecting them against the threat of costly, groundless litigation. HB 2054 would benefit defendants in cases that are considered to be Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation cases, or SLAPP. Such defendants are sued […]
In light of the governor’s comments that he “mostly uses his private cellphone,” Kansas Democrats have proposed a modification to the Kansas Open Records Act that would make such communications open to the public. Read the Journal-World’s account here.
On January 29, 2015, the House Judiciary Committee heard testimony on the anti-SLAPP bill proposed by Rep. Jan Pauls (R). Read the Journal-World’s account here.
January 29, 2015 To: Rep. John Barker, chairman House Judiciary Committee, and of the members of the committee From: Maxwell Kautsch, attorney at law, Kautsch Law, LLC RE: Anti-SLAPP legislation, HB 2054 Chairman Barker and members of the committee: As one who is interested in freedom of expression, I have read HB 2054 and hereby […]
For years, anyone could go to a courthouse and look up marriage licenses. Now, however, the Kansas Office of Judicial Administration (OJA) has taken the position that public access to records of marriages should be limited. In taking this position, JOA claims it seeks to protect the privacy of marriage licensees. For authority to restrict […]
In response to Judge Kay Huff’s ruling on December 19, 2014, denying the Lawrence Journal-World’s motion to unseal, the newspaper filed a petition for mandamus review at the Kansas Supreme Court. Read the story here.
When the Lawrence Journal-World’s request for affidavits was denied in these matters in October, it filed a motion to unseal the affidavits. Judge Kay Huff denied the motions to unseal, stating that the issue was moot because the case had been dismissed. Read the story here.
Renowned investigative journalist Karen Dillon reports on the struggle to release autopsy records that should have been public in the first place. Read the story here.
In a rape case in Douglas County, a judge reconsidered her earlier decision sealing the probable cause affidavit and ordered a redacted version be released after hearing arguments from the Lawrence Journal-World. Read the story here.
In a hearing on October 23, 2014, District Court Judge Kay Huff granted motions made by both prosecution and defense sealing the probable cause affidavits in two alleged rape cases. Both the Lawrence Journal World and the Topeka Capitol-Journal noted that she did not explain her decision to do so either on the record or […]