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Emporia

Supreme Court Traveling Docket

6:30 p.m. Monday, September 24, 2018 Manhattan High School

Printable flyer

The Kansas Supreme Court is heading to Manhattan High School in Manhattan as part of its ongoing outreach to familiarize Kansans with the high court, its work, and the overall role of the Kansas judiciary.

It will be the Supreme Court's first visit to Manhattan in the court's 157-year history, and it will be the ninth time the court will hear cases in the evening.


Oral Argument and Public Reception

The public is invited to attend the special session to hear oral arguments in person. Court will be in session from 6:30 p.m. to about 8 p.m. September 24 in the auditorium at Manhattan High School in Manhattan.

The public is invited to observe the proceedings as the court hears oral arguments in two cases. After the session concludes, the justices will greet the public in an informal reception in the gathering space outside the auditorium.


Quiet, Please

Talking during oral arguments is prohibited. If you arrive after proceedings start, or you must leave the auditorium before it ends, be as quiet as possible entering and exiting the auditorium. Also, do not talk immediately outside the doors to the performing arts center.


Security Screening

If you attend in person, plan to arrive early to allow time to get through security screening. The doors will open at 6 p.m. Follow these guidelines to make your check-in as quick and easy as possible:

  • Do not bring large bags, large purses, backpacks, computer cases, or briefcases.
  • Do not bring knives, pepper spray, firearms, or weapons.
  • Do not bring electronic devices like laptop computers, handheld games, personal digital assistants, or tablets. If you have to carry a cell phone, it must be turned off or its ringer silenced, and it must be stored out of sight.
  • Do not bring food or drink.

Court and college staff will not be responsible for property left outside the auditorium.


View Oral Arguments Online

If you can't attend in person, watch a live webcast of the oral arguments online at Watch Supreme Court Live! accessible from the judicial branch website at www.kscourts.org. Afterward, an archived recording of the proceedings will be available online.


Cases on Docket

Cases to be heard are listed on the docket for this special session. Summaries of the cases to be heard, and briefs filed by the attorneys involved in the cases, follow.

Appeal No. 116,690: State of Kansas (appellee) v. Lee Edward Williams (appellant)

Attorneys for Appellee: Derek L. Schmidt, attorney general; Lois K. Malin, assistant district attorney
Attorney for Appellant: Peter Maharry, appellate public defender

Wyandotte County: (Criminal Appeal) Williams was convicted of first-degree murder and criminal possession of a firearm in the 2013 killing of his child's mother. In 2016, the district court sentenced Williams to life imprisonment with a minimum of 25 years served before parole eligibility and a consecutive term of 20 months.

Issues on appeal include whether: 1) the State committed prosecutorial error in its closing argument; 2) the trial court erred in denying Williams' Batson challenge; 3) the trial court erred in admitting autopsy photographs of the victim; and 4) the cumulative error denied Williams a fair trial.

Appeal No. 113,933: Carl B. Davis, Bankruptcy Trustee, in the Matter of Cheryl A. Harrell (appellee/cross-appellant) v. Mark A. Judd, O.D., and Mark A. Judd, O.D., P.A. (appellants/cross-appellees)

Attorney for Appellee/Cross-Appellant: Kenneth H. Jack
Attorney for Appellants/Cross-Appellees: Charles T. Engel

Barton County: (Petition for Review) Harrell sold her late husband's optometry practice to Judd in 2006. Judd agreed to pay Harrell a percentage of the yearly gross revenues through 2015. Judd later decided the payments violated Kansas optometry law and stopped payment. Harrell sued for breach of contract; she later declared bankruptcy. The district court entered summary judgment in favor of the bankruptcy trustee in 2015, one month after Harrell's death. In 2016, the Court of Appeals held the purchase agreement was enforceable but reversed the trial court's denial of the bankruptcy trustee's request for prejudgment interest and remanded with directions to award interest.

Issues on review are whether: 1) the payments made to Harrell were legal under Kansas optometry law; and 2) prejudgment interest should be awarded.


Supreme Court Traveling Docket

In 2011, the Supreme Court convened outside its Topeka courtroom in the Kansas Judicial Center to mark the state's 150th anniversary. Its first stop was the historic Supreme Court courtroom in the Kansas Statehouse. From there, and through the end of 2011, the court conducted special sessions in Salina, Greensburg, and Wichita. Since then, the court has held special sessions as follows:

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