201507.13
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Wichita murder case, child sex crimes allegations collide

WICHITA – A key witness in a pending child sex crimes case against a former Wichita police sergeant was charged with rape, sodomy and murder, raising questions about how each case might affect the other. “Nothing about the criminal justice system is black or white,” says defense attorney Dan Monnat…. “There is no category of crime or person beyond complexity or question, which is why we have to presume every accused person innocent and test all accusations by the highest standard of proof.”

201408.01
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Cunningham defense tills ground to admit polygraph results

A motion to file polygraph evidence in defense of Brock Cunningham and a series of anonymous tips caused a temporary stir in the proceedings. The attorney representing Brock Cunningham against the state’s accusation of the murder and abuse of 3-year-old Natalie Pickle filed a motion to admit two polygraph, or “lie detector,” exams in defense…

Ketner Takes Plea Deal, Probation
201407.08
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Ketner Takes Plea Deal, Probation

DODGE City, Kan. — Dodge City pastor Jerrold Wayne Ketner pled guilty to a single count of aggravated sexual battery as part of a plea agreement with the state that dropped six other felony charges, including rape and attempted rape. “Dr. Ketner has accepted responsibility,” Ketner’s attorney Sal Intagliata said, pointing out the number of supporters in the courtroom which he said have helped and will continue to help Ketner meet the conditions of his probation.

201403.16
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Wichita Defendant Becomes Face of Anti-terror Bill

A Wichita defendant has become the justification for a bill to broaden Kansas’ civil and criminal anti-terrorism statutes. But the action is premature, says legal analyst Dan Monnat: “I’m always disheartened when I hear American government officials ignoring our time-honored presumption of innocence and right to a fair trial…”

201401.21
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Court Reverses Itself on Drug Tax Stamp Law in Kansas

A drug tax-stamp law that has been on the state’s books for more than 25 years lost some of its teeth when the Kansas Supreme Court ruled that a defendant who has been convicted of possession of marijuana can’t be convicted of possessing the same marijuana without a tax stamp. According to Dan Monnat, the Court’s rare reversal says “you can’t be convicted of both possession of a drug and possession of the same drug without a tax stamp.”

201401.10
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High Court Reverses Jessica’s Law Convictions of Former Police Chief

The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday reversed the convictions and ordered a new trial for a former Inman police chief convicted on 15 counts of sexual assault on children living in his home. Daniel Monnat, a Wichita attorney who argued Akins’ appeal, praised the Supreme Court finding that the prosecutor’s comments denied Akins a fair trial and said, “Courtroom theatrics are not evidence….”

201401.10
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Former Inman Police Chief to Get New Trial

“A former Kansas police chief who was convicted of child sex crimes will get a new trial. Friday, the Kansas Supreme Court granted Akins a new trial after finding prosecutorial misconduct. Dan Monnat, Akins’ attorney, says he’s confident his client will be exonerated at a new trial. In the meantime, he’ll likely ask a judge to release Akins on bond. Michael Akins once served as Chief of Police in Inman. In 2011, Akins was sentenced to two life sentences for sexually assaulting three children.”

201401.10
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Ex-Kan. Police Chief to Get New Trial

McPHERSON, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a former police chief convicted of 15 counts of sexually molesting three girls. Forty-two-year-old Michael Akins Jr. was convicted in 2011 and sentenced to two life terms. He was police chief in the central Kansas town of Inman when he was charged. The Supreme Court reversed…