The Topeka Capital-Journal reported attorney Chris Joseph wants charges against his client dismissed. In a brief submitted to Shawnee District Court Judge Cheryl Rios, Joseph explains that the unlawful sexual relations statute is written to forbid consensual conduct. Because former students say the advances by his client were unwanted, Joseph says the felony charges do…

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…

On December 8, 2015, Terra McDaniel was required to report for jury duty in Sedgwick County District Court. Due to emergency circumstances, proper care for her young child was unavailable, and she was unable to report for jury duty on time. When she arrived late, she was told to report at a hearing on December…

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…

On June 9, 2015, Governor Brownback signed into law House Bill 2055. The new law will take effect on July 1, 2015.This law is named after a school teacher in McPherson, Kansas, who was badly injured after being hit by a drunk driver. The driver was charged with aggravated battery while under the influence—a felony…

On January 30, 2015, the Kansas Supreme Court issued an opinion in Wichita vs. Molitor. Mr. Molitor was pulled over for suspicion of driving under the influence (“DUI”). He failed the horizontal gaze nystagmus (“HGN”) test but passed the walk-and-turn test and one-leg stand test. The officer requested a preliminary breath test (“PBT”), which Mr….

District Judge Glenn Braun on Wednesday refused to lower the bond for a Hays man charged with sex crimes involving a child. But he said he’d be willing to drop the bond to $25,000 for Chance C. Keiswetter, 25, if community corrections is willing to put him under their supervision program. No one from community…

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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