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
  • Many attorneys are not up to speed the new registration laws. Some don’t know all of the restrictions a person faces if convicted and sentenced for an offense that requires registration. Our attorneys do. We can walk you through what you would face if convicted. If you were convicted and sentenced long ago and have been told recently that you have to register for the first time or for a longer period of time, we may be able to help. To discuss your concerns about registration, call our office at (785) 234-3272.

    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

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