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A local man convicted of rape will be granted a new trial by Kansas Court of Appeals because of mistakes made by the prosecutor. Defense Attorney Chris Joseph said this can compromise the ability to get justice for the victims. You deprive the defendant to a fair trial. The courts are going to reverse it…

In light of a recent trend of falsely reporting and staging hate crimes, Chris Joseph sat down with Topeka’s KSNT reporter, Reina Garcia, and weighed in on the legal ramifications of falsely reporting or staging hate crimes (View Article 59. – Crimes Affecting Government Functions). Joseph cautioned readers that filing a false report can have…

Seven attorneys from Joseph, Hollander & Craft LLC have been honored by Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers 2018, including two selected to the prestigious “Rising Stars” list. Fewer than 5 percent of all attorneys in Missouri and Kansas are selected as Super Lawyers in their respective states.   Listed as Super Lawyers: Christopher M. Joseph…

A jury deliberated for less than three hours Thursday before finding two Schlitterbahn maintenance workers not guilty of obstructing an investigation into the 2016 death of Caleb Schwab on the Verruckt water slide in Kansas City, Kan. David Hughes and John Zalsman, charged in May with lying to investigators, left the Wyandotte County Courthouse cleared…

Five attorneys from the Wichita, Topeka and Lawrence offices of Joseph, Hollander & Craft LLC have been honored by the highly regarded Best Lawyers in America® – 2019 Edition, with two of them receiving “Lawyer of the Year” honors in their respective markets. Wichita Ross A. Hollander was named Wichita Lawyer of the Year in…

Chris Joseph and his colleagues on the defense bar noticed a dramatic uptick in grand jury indictments in Shawnee County—often on the eve of a preliminary hearing where a probable cause determination would have been made in open court, rather than in a closed grand jury proceeding. The practice of securing indictments using a grand…

Law enforcement officials call it a tool, but critics call it highway robbery. Its real name is civil asset forfeiture – it’s how a traffic stop could end with someone losing their life’s savings. Attorney Chris Joseph is on the other side of the issue. He’s working to reform that law. Unlike criminal asset forfeiture,…

A defendant is entitled to present alternate theories of defense at trial. And the jury must receive each instruction supported by the evidence—regardless of which party presents that evidence. In State v. Lindemuth, Christopher Joseph and Carrie Parker’s application of this law resulted in a reversed conviction for their client. The case began in 2015,…

In 2011, under circumstances that did not afford him a fair trial, Christopher Waisner was convicted of several off-grid sex crimes and sentenced to serve multiple life prison terms. It was a “he said, she said” case that significantly depended on the credibility of the complaining witness. At trial, the State’s expert witnesses improperly vouched…

Each new year, we celebrate the opportunity to wipe the slate clean and begin again. This new year, the criminal defense attorneys at Joseph, Hollander & Craft are celebrating a client’s opportunity to do just that. Thanks to Christopher Joseph’s appellate advocacy, his client’s 10-year sentence has been vacated, and she has the opportunity to…

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