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Kansas Supreme Court Selected Opinion Summaries - December 8, 2006

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 14 opinions. The full text of these decisions may be found at www.kscourts.org.

Appeal No. 94,366: State v. Breland D. Davis

The Court, in a unanimous decision authored by Justice Robert E. Davis, affirms the defendant's Sedgwick County first-degree murder convictions, rejecting his contentions of error for hearsay evidence, refusing to give a cautionary instruction on eye-witness identification, refusing to give an instruction that "mere presence" at a crime scene does not necessitate a finding of guilt and cumulative error.

Appeal No. 93,726: Katherine Yount et al v. Mike Scott Deibert et al.

The Court remands a Bourbon County civil case arising from a house fire in which two persons died for trial, reversing the trial court's decision granting summary judgment to the defendants, who are accused of starting it.

Appeal No. 92,488: State v. Sam Cooperwood II

The Court, in a unanimous decision authored by Justice Lawton R. Nuss, affirms the defendant's Wyandotte County attempted voluntary manslaughter conviction, which arose from the stabbing of a Kansas City, KS, woman.

Docket No. 96,886: In Re: Joseph M. Laskowski

The Court indefinitely suspends the law license of a Kansas City, KS, attorney based on his conviction of felony driving under the influence and subsequent probation.

Docket No. 96,889: In Re: Vincent J. Garcia

The Court orders published censure for a Wichita attorney based on his representation in a divorce proceeding.

Docket No. 96,578: In Re: Christopher Roger Paul Miller

The Court orders a two-year suspension of a Lawrence attorney's law license based on unreasonable fees submitted to the Kansas Insurance Department in a prior administration.

Docket No. 96,888: In Re: Kent O. Docking

The Court suspends the law license of a Kansas City, KS, attorney for 90 days based on his representation in a conservatorship.

Docket No. 96,884: In Re: Daniel H. Lampson

The Court indefinitely suspends the law license of a Wichita attorney based on his representation in five unrelated legal matters.

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