Attorneys for a Kansas death row inmate convicted of killing his estranged wife, their two daughters and his wife’s grandmother will make their case to the state’s highest court about why he should be spared. The defense argues the court where that man stood trial made mistakes. That hearing is the first death penalty case heard by the Kansas Supreme Court since Election Day, when voters retained four justices targeted for ouster partly because the court overturned other death sentences after finding procedures weren’t followed properly.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is asking a federal court to order the state to release a list of about 21,000 people who have temporary driver’s licenses. It appears to be an effort to boost his claims that people who aren’t citizens are voting. The move comes in a civil lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union challenging a Kansas law requiring papers proving citizenship to register to vote.
The Brownback administration says cleaning out an investment fund tied to unclaimed property in Kansas would only provide $40- to $50-million to help decrease the state’s $350 million budget shortfall. A change in the law back in 2000 directed the state to invest an amount equal to the unclaimed property it receives each year. State budget director Shawn Sullivan says the projected amount is interest that wouldn’t be a part of the state’s general fund.
Prosecutors tack on firearms charges against two of the men accused of plotting to bomb an apartment complex where Somali immigrants live in Garden City. The superseding indictment filed in U.S. District Court again charges Patrick Stein, Gavin Wright, and Curtis Allen with conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction, but this time adds gun charges against Allen and Stein.
Snow and bitter cold temperatures are in the forecast for much of Kansas this weekend. Factor in the wind chill at times, it’ll feel as cold as -30 below in some spots tomorrow night.