Kansas Court of Appeals opinion reversing the dismissal of an SVP petition where expert evaluators disagreed as to whether the Appellee met the statutory criteria for commitment.
Federal District Court for the District of Kansas rejecting defendant's pre-trial argument that federal SORNA constitutes compelled speech in the context of a failure to register indictment.
Kansas Court of Appeals opinion reversing denial of petition for transitional release from civil commitment, where jury instructions did not require the state to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Appellant had a mental abnormality which would make it seriously difficult for him to control his behavior.
Kansas Court of Appeals opinion holding that KORA does not violate prohibitions against cruel and unusual punishment or retroactive punishment in the context of a person required to register who committed their offense as a juvenile.
Kansas Supreme Court affirming the commitment of an individual who was the subject of a second SVP petition in the wake of technical violations of his supervision, rejecting res judicata, collateral estoppel and Due Process arguments.
Divided Kansas Supreme Court opinion affirming lower courts' findings that Kansas' registration scheme was non-punitive in the context of a violent, non-sexual offense.
Kansas Supreme Court opinion overruling decisions issued the same day, ultimately holding that the Kansas state SORN law was not sufficiently punitive so as to be subject to Ex Post Facto prohibitions.