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Kansas Supreme Court Selected Opinion Summaries - May 14, 2004

Summaries and press releases are prepared by Ron Keefover, Office of Judicial Administration, Kansas Judicial Center, 301 West 10th, Topeka, KS 66612-1507 (785-296-2256), e-mail: keefoverr@kscourts.org.


The Supreme Court today filed 28 opinions. The full text of these decisions may be found at www.kscourts.org.

Appeal No. 89,822: David v. Board of Norton County Commissioners et al.

The court, in a unanimous decision authored by Justice Carol A. Beier, affirms a Norton County District Court decision that Norton County commissioners exceeded their powers under home rule when they adopted a resolution regulating confined animal feeding operations that is more stringent than state law.

Appeal No. 89,977: State v. Michael E. Shelby

The court, in a unanimous decision authored by Justice Robert E. Davis, affirms Shelby's Shawnee County first-degree murder conviction arising from the death of Stephanie Ward and rejecting his contentions of error in granting the prosecutor's motion for late endorsement of a witness and the admission of gruesome photographs.

Appeal No. 90,143: State v. Wendell E. Parker

The court, in a unanimous decision authored by Justice Donald L. Allegrucci, affirms the defendant's Shawnee County convictions of theft and first-degree murder, which arose from the death of Destiny Hutcherson, who had been Parker's girlfriend.

Appeal No. 90,148: State v. Leslie N. Walker

The court, in a unanimous decision authored by Justice Carol A. Beier, remands Walker's 1985 convictions of first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated robbery, and conspiracy for resentencing as a second habitual offender, rather than as a third offender, and for resentencing on the conspiracy charge.

Appeal No. 90,260: City of Topeka v. Board of Shawnee County Commissioners et al.

The court, in a unanimous decision authored by Justice Donald L. Allegrucci, reverses a Shawnee County District Court decision affirming the county commission's authority to approve a subdivision plat within three miles of the city limits.

Docket No. 91,295: In Re: Ronald Dean Barta

The court suspends the law license of a Salina attorney indefinitely based on his representation in two separate complaints.

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