Another challenge to proof-of-citizenship voting requirement…and other headlines: October 13, 2016

andy lambertOctober 13, 2016
A move by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to allow the state to enforce its proof-of-citizenship requirement for some new voters prompts another attempt to block him. Attorneys for a prospective voter asked a federal judge to reject Kobach’s formal answer to a lawsuit against the requirement. An attorney for Kobach filed his answer to the lawsuit this week, several weeks after the deadline.
Authorities believe two Kansas City-area men charged with kidnapping and raping a sheriff’s deputy have attacked others. The Johnson County District Attorney hopes more victims will come forward now that the two are in custody. One man’s attorney isn’t commenting, while the other doesn’t appear to have a lawyer yet.
The Kansas Court of Appeals orders an Emporia man to be tried in the shooting of his brother, reversing a lower court’s decision ruling that he was protected from prosecution by the state’s self-defense law. The court’s ruling reverses a decision from May of 2015 dismissing an attempted voluntary manslaughter charge. Prosecutors claim that man shot his brother because he was attacking their mom.
Kansas farmers are harvesting what are expected to be record corn and soybean crops. The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported that the 713 million bushels of corn forecast in Kansas is a 23 percent increase over last year’s production.
A federal judge appoiunts a lawyer from Ohio to investigate whether recorded conversations betwen inmates and lawyers at a private prison in Leavenworth violated inmates constitutional rights. He’ll be in charge of identifying and then hanging onto any confidential info from the recordings at the Corrections Corporation of America prison.

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