Supreme Court visit to Concordia
April 11, 2023
The Kansas Supreme Court is heading to Concordia High School, 436 W 10th, as part of its ongoing outreach to familiarize Kansans with the court, its work, and the overall role of the Kansas judiciary.
It will be the Supreme Court's first visit to city in the court's 162-year history.
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. Tuesday, April 11, in the auditorium at Concordia High School in Concordia.
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.
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. Also, do not talk immediately outside the doors to the auditorium.
If you attend in person, plan to arrive early to allow time to get through security screening. 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.
View oral arguments online
If you can't attend in person, the special session will also be broadcast live online at www.YouTube.com/KansasSupremeCourt.
Cases on docket
The court publishes a booklet for the special session that explains the proceedings and describes the cases. Summaries of the cases to be heard, and briefs filed by the attorneys involved in the cases, follow.
Appeal No. 124,348: Cathy L. Stroud v. Ozark National Insurance Co. and Stephen I. Guinn
Counsel for Appellant: Roger K. Wilson
Counsel for Appellee: William E. Hanna and Christine Hansen
Sedgwick County: (Petition for Review) Stroud appeals the trial court’s order granting Ozark National Life Insurance Co. and Guinn’s summary judgment motion, resulting in the dismissal of her breach of fiduciary duty, negligent misrepresentation, and vicarious liability claims. Stroud contends Guinn, her deceased husband’s former insurance agent, violated his fiduciary duty to her husband and her when advising about converting her husband’s term life insurance into whole life insurance. She also challenges the trial court’s ruling that she was not the real party in interest under K.S.A. 2020 Supp. 60-217(a)(l) to bring her claims. For these reasons, she argued the trial court erred by dismissing her vicarious liability claim.
Issues on review concern whether the Court of Appeals erred when it affirmed the trial court's dismissal of Stroud's claims.
Appeal No. 123,559: State of Kansas v. Frank Raymond Crudo
Counsel for Appellant: Peter Maharry
Counsel for Appellee: Tony Cruz
Geary County: (Petition for Review) A jury convicted Crudo of multiple drug charges after a traffic stop and a subsequent search of his pickup truck and attached fifth-wheel camper. The district court granted Crudo’s motion for a dispositional departure and sentenced him to 36 months’ probation with an underlying 108-month prison term.
Issues on review are whether: 1) the Court of Appeals improperly allowed the probable cause tied to the pickup to be the basis for searching the camper; 2) Lieutenant Ricard gave expert testimony concerning the drug trade and he was required to be disclosed under K.S.A. 22-3212(b)(l); 3) the improper inference instruction reduced the burden on the State to prove its case and is not harmless; 4) there was unity of conduct barring the State from bringing multiple charges against Crudo and retrying him after a conviction for simple possession at the first trial; and 5) cumulative error denied Crudo a fair trial.
Travel docket history
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: