Courts release 44 inmates Habeas corpus cases: Since September, the county has been served with 97 suits to release suspects not charged after 48 hours   The release of a Topeka man who was arrested in connection with first-degree murder last week is the first case of its kind for Betsy Gillespie, who became the…

Teen gets 4 years in slaying Deal: 19-year-old avoids second-degree murder charge with plea agreement A 19-year-old who was sentenced to more than four years in prison on Friday paid a “pretty inexpensive price” for taking another 19-year-old’s life, a Shawnee County district judge told the convicted teen. Acie Antonio Evans, 19, of Topeka, received…

Ross Hollander has been named president of the Wichita Bar Association for 2001-2002. Hollander is a partner of Joseph & Hollander PA. He is a past president of the Kansas Bar Association’s Employment Law Section and is a member of the Kansas Association of Defense Counsel and the Defense Research Institute. He also is a…

Hernandez attorneys: Missing evidence mandates dismissal Public defenders ask judge to toss out drug case.   Drug charges against not only Carlos Hernandez but all defendants in which drug evidence was collected by the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Department should be thrown out, assistant public defenders told a judge Wednesday. On Wednesday, Kris Lawless and Julia…

Baby’s dad acquitted of beating Jurors say they couldn’t pinpoint who hurt infant; Hamilton says she’s ‘very disappointed.’ Two jurors said there just wasn’t enough evidence to convict Desmond Matthews of charges he beat and severely injured his 2-month-old son. Matthews dropped heavily into his courtroom chair Thursday shortly after he heard a Shawnee County…

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