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…

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…

In United States v. Rodriguez, 135 S.Ct. 1609 (2015), the United States Supreme Court was asked whether police officers could routinely extend the length of a traffic stop to allow a trained drug detection dog to sniff the stopped car.  The Court held that they may not. Specifically, the Court held that, absent reasonable suspicion…

B. Keith Edwards – formerly an Assistant District Defender in Topeka’s Third Judicial District Public Defender’s Office – has joined the Criminal Division of Joseph, Hollander & Craft LLC. Based in the firm’s Wichita office, Edwards represents individuals charged with criminal offenses in municipal and state courts. “The attorneys in the firm are well respected…

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…

Joseph, Hollander & Craft LLC has elected Jess Hoeme as a Member of the firm. Hoeme, a former Mitchell County Attorney and Shawnee County Assistant District Attorney, joined the firm in 2011 as a criminal defense attorney. Hoeme knows Kansas courtrooms well, having handled cases in 70 of Kansas’s 105 counties. “We are pleased to…

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…

Federal judge will decide whether a man with disabilities should go to prison Originally posted by Nicole Hong with WSJ A federal judge in Kansas is set to decide whether a man with developmental disabilities should go to prison for lending $100 to somebody he believed was planning to attack U.S. soldiers on behalf of…

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