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 reducing offense classifications for simple possession offenses, the Kansas Legislature recently reduced the penalties for certain marijuana crimes. Under prior law, a first offense for simple possession of marijuana (possession with no intent to distribute) was classified as a class A misdemeanor; it carried a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a…

Defended by criminal defense attorney Christopher Joseph, former Washburn University graduate assistant football coach originally charged with sexually assaulting a woman pleaded guilty to three misdemeanors Tuesday in Shawnee County District Court. Jesse Robert Bubke, 23, of Topeka, will serve 60 days in Shawnee County Jail and be placed on probation for 10 months after…

An Iraq War veteran avoided more than five years in prison for driving drunk and causing a deadly crash. Instead, Brian Reed, a former member of the Army National Guard, will spend 60 days in jail and serve three years probation for killing 28 year-old Jesse Stroup. Harvey County District Court Judge Joe Dickinson approved…

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