kansas-sex-offender-registry

Sweeping changes in the Kansas Offender Registration Act (“KORA”) were passed in 2011. The impact is dramatic. What was a ten year registration period has become 15 years, 25 years, or even
lifetime for some offenses. Registration is more than mailing in a form. It now requires in-person reporting, potentially in multiple counties, four times per year. Each reporting costs money. And there is no way to end registration early.

The Kansas Attorney General believes the new registration requirements apply even to those who were convicted before the new law took effect. Our attorneys are fighting the retroactive application of new registration requirements because we believe it violates the Ex Post Facto Clause of the United States Constitution. On behalf of our client, a Kansas registrant, we have filed a civil suit requesting a ruling that the KORA, as amended by 2011 Senate Bill 37, cannot constitutionally be applied to an individual convicted and sentenced before July 1, 2011. While not guaranteed, success in this lawsuit should result in the same relief being afforded to similarly situated KORA registrants.

The lawsuit is being aggressively defended, and the cost is exceeding our client’s original expectations. He is now seeking help in paying the costs of the lawsuit from individuals who may
benefit from his success. Below is a link to a Donor Disclosure Statement and a letter from our client to Kansas registrants. If you would like to contribute to his efforts, you may do so by the process outlined in the Donor Disclosure Statement. All donations are handled through a trust, so you can be assured that your funds will be used for only this case.

Download Donor Disclosure Statement

Donors are welcome to follow the case on this page of our website. Links to significant filings are provided below. This page will be regularly updated with the latest filings to keep donors apprised of the progress and status of the case.

  • Petition for Declaratory Judgment
  • Defendants’ Joint Answer
  • Plaintiff’s Motion for Summary Judgment
  • Defendants’ Joint Motion for Summary Judgment
  • Defendants’ Joint Memorandum in Support of Summary Judgment
  • Plaintiff’s Response to Defendants’ Motion for Summary Judgment
  • Defendants’ Joint Response in Opposition to Plaintiff’s Motion for Summary Judgment
  • Defendants’ Joint Motion to Strike
  • Defendants’ Memorandum in Support of Joint Motion to Strike
  • Plaintiff’s Response to Defendants’ Motion to Strike
  • Plaintiff’s Reply to Defendants’ Response to Plaintiff’s Motion for Summary Judgment
  • Defendants’ Joint Reply in Support of Summary Judgment
  • Order Denying Defendants’ Motion to Strike
  • Doe vs Thompson Appellants’ Brief
  • John Doe brief to Supreme Court
  • Update (as of June 23, 2015):
    As more time passes since the Kansas Supreme Court heard oral argument in Doe v. Thompson, et al., Joseph Hollander & Craft has received an influx of calls from individuals who are curious about the status of the case. No decision has been issued yet, and we do not know when the Court will rule on the matter. We will post the decision when we receive it, but we will not have any notice in advance.

    Many callers are also curious about what legal representation the firm offers with regard to registration issues. For ease of reference, our services are outlined below.
    Although the firm will not be pursuing any more civil suits while Doe v. Thompson, et al. is pending before the Kansas Supreme Court, the firm still actively defends individuals charged with crimes that require registration and individuals charged with registration violations. This criminal defense work is billed at hourly rates; retainers are set on an individual basis.
    The firm also offers consultation on Kansas offender registration issues. Our consultation work (including document review, research, answering individual questions about registration requirements, and communication with KBI as necessary and/or desired by the client) is billed at hourly rates ranging from $250 to $350. The minimum fee for consultation work is $1000. The $1000 must be paid to the firm before any consulting work will begin. The minimum fee is not a retainer (funds will not be returned if total hourly work does not amount to $1000) nor a flat fee (fees are not capped at $1000).

    If you have been charged with a registration-related crime or are interested in consulting with one of our criminal defense attorneys regarding your registration obligations, call Joseph Hollander & Craft in Wichita 316-262-9393, Topeka 785-234-3272 or Lawrence 785-856-0143.

    1. February 13, 2015

      I think it is really good work that you are doing. I am a registered offender. And, I have a Wonderful and Amazing partner who stands behind me on everything. I have been separated from my children and anything goes. Whoever opposes me is allowed to step over my parental rights and everything and I am helpless to do anything to raise my children in a respectable and honorable way. Some things are more important than money… Sorry to let everyone in on that. I am not saying that I am the best parent in the world as my offense is actually based on statements from my own daughter and my aggression towards her trying to become sexually promiscuous with someone who is well over her age. I have never faced that kind of opposition with ANY of my children. What I say as a father stands… and there is no give…. because there are some things that should have no give. It is called responsibility…. it’s called accountablility…. something that I now have more than compensated for to not only my children but to Johnson County as well… not maintaining the post claus is almost a crime completely… I am not trying to send other people’s kids through college… I need to maintain and keep sending my own. If you can’t be responsible for your own children, that is your problem. But, if I have to pay for your kids to go… they can call me dad as well, and we’ll just skip right over you, like these new laws are trying to do to me.
      I can say one thing…. massively and to anyone…. no matter what the county tries to call me… childhood name calling and that kind of thing… I am still known for who I am no matter what they say or call me. My daughter… who my offense was against because I didn’t want her having sex with someone… well ever…. but definitely not this guy… still comes to dad’s house when she needs to hide…. again… my word is final…. but when she doesn’t want to listen or hear what I have to say… she just backs up on what the county… which has had NOTHING to do with her upbringing…. says about her father….. What kind of scenario is Johnson County really trying to put together…. I can recall one race…. they were called Nazis… they want absolute control and no responsibility… not someone I would allow around my children anyways…. I don’t know what all can be done…. but, I have a deep respect and much appreciation for you who do and make not only the effort… but…. demand results…. I am so deeply indebted to you for doing so. It’s not only my name as a person… but the most important is my role as a father are being challenged… in a ring with a bell and the last man standing for the right to raise my children… I will always win… but, this is not that kind of fight…. and for those who know how to help us more ignorant people how to fight this type of fight… I appreciate your compassion and willingness to stand for people on such a broad scope. Thank you for everything you are doing and everything you will do. If I was to have a hero… I would fashion them after people who have that strong a commitment to what is right… as you all do.

      Thank You. And, I appreciate everything you are doing.

      Best Regards,
      Edwin David Harris

    2. May 16, 2015

      I was just followed home by the Johnson County Sherriff’s Dept. by a female Cop who I think was just trying to make a name for herself with the Dept. because I stopped along the road to help a couple of Women who needed someone to help them. I am not even registered as a sexual predator and I have to put up with this kind of harassment. How much of a bunch of cowards are Johnson County Kansas Sherriff’s are they…. Such soft crime cowards, that they kill me. Losers!!!! We need the FBI or someone who actually can assess the type of person someone is. I don’t care what Johnson County calls me…. I am what I am… live with it… you little cowards… Scared to face a real man… Call back up because you will need it… I am in the mood to eat someone who thinks their status in with the County makes them immune… to anything… Better figure it out before something gets stupid… I am not like everyone else who had something just happen to them… I am the hunter…. so you better keep your nose clean because I am watching… videotaping EVERYTHING you do… You are on house arrest… I am here to keep you honest instead of just some kind of bottom feeder… learn how or I will teach you a very painful lesson…. explain to your family why you lost your job… and can’t support them anymore… Losers. Play time is over…. I have allowed it for too long… I am here. watching you!!!! Stay straight or I will fix it for you… obviously, the legal service can’t do that…. See me coming… I want you to. My face will be the last one you ever see…. Remember that… Good Night.

    3. May 18, 2015

      Well said Edwin! It also holds true for Sedgwick county. The implications of the restraints and restrictions on the registration form are nothing short of a blatant lie.
      I went from 10 years to 25. Myself along with masses of others pose no threat whatsoever to anyone! Check out some Adolf Hitler quotes and you will see the sexoffender registry runs parallel to them. Here’s one for you.
      The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people. As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of the children, the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation.
      What reason would they have to paint such a vile picture of those who pose no threat? Here’s one more for you.
      If you tell a big enough lie and tell it often enough it will be believed.
      These come from the most evil dictator of all time!
      I am also very grateful for the work that is being done!
      Thanks to all the participants!

    4. June 18, 2015

      I have sex case it was in 2001. in the state of Illinois I was charged with a misdemeanor. moved here to Kansas in 2005 it was still a misdemeanor. my registration would have been up in 2012. but when Kansas changed the law they mad it an agg. felony low I got to do this for life. I cant even get a good job. our get help getting a place. I got a girlfriend she helps me out a lot with she has to lie so we can get help.

    5. July 7, 2015

      My husband was tried and convicted of a crime he did not commit, because of a custody battle over his son. Since then he has been on the Kansas sex offender registry since 2004. He was supposed to be done registering in 2014, but when the law changed, his registration term changed to life. In 2013 he forgot to update his new vehicle information, and was charged with 2 counts of failure to register, a felony. He is now serving a 36 month sentence. This registry has absolutely ruined our lives. He couldn’t find a job, the police were ALWAYS finding something they said he was doing wrong. We couldn’t find decent housing in our town because he was black balled for being on the sex offender registry. And on and on and on it goes. He will never be left alone. And all for a crime he did not commit. But since we had no $, we were stuck with a court appointed lawyer that apparently was working for the other side. Anyway, there definitely need to be changes in the offender registry. It is ruining people’s lives.

    6. July 26, 2015

      I wont go into a long rant, but i am a very low level offender and registering for this crap is the pits. If i was in my home state of ohio, i doubt id have issues, but im in Missouri and lets just say that i know the attorney general very well due to the crap ive gone through. As of today ive had 3 people in the sheriff dept basic throw me down the well for not knowing updated situations with the laws they created. I hope my pardon comes through because low level offenders need a voice and im glad that many law offices are trying to help whether its for money or the people.

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