On February 15, 2017, the Johnson County Veterans Treatment Court honored its first graduate from the program. The Johnson County Veterans Treatment Court was launched in January 2016. It is the first program of its type in Kansas. This specialty court began in Buffalo, New York, in 2008. There are now more than 250 veterans…

By Diane L. Bellquist, J.D. When you hear the term “impaired provider,” you may think of the doctor who practices under the influence or who has hit rock bottom to the point he or she can no longer function to hold the practice together.You may be surprised by what the impaired provider label encompasses. Case…

On February 6, 2017, the United States House of Representatives unanimously passed the Email Privacy Act (H.R. 387). According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, one of several advocacy groups that pushed for this legislation, “H.R. 387 would codify the Sixth Circuit’s ruling in U.S. v. Warshak, which held that the Fourth Amendment demands that the…

In many states, today’s election might be just as much about marijuana as it is about the next president. Eight states have some sort of marijuana initiative on the ballot. Voters in Arkansas, Florida, and North Dakota are deciding whether to permit the use of marijuana for medical purposes. Voters in California, Nevada, Maine, Arizona,…

On April 10, 2015, Alexander Blair, the Defendant in United States v. Blair, D. Kan. Case No. 15-CR-40031, was charged with Misprision of a Felony (a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 4). The Complaint charging Misprision of a Felony alleged that Mr. Blair had knowledge that John T. Booker Jr. intended to carry out criminal…

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