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.”

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….”

Kansas Supreme Court Reverses Convictions of Ex-Inman Police Chief

The Kansas Supreme Court, citing prosecutorial misconduct, has reversed child-sex-crimes convictions of a former Inman police chief and ordered that he get a new trial. Michael Adkins attorney, Dan Monnat, said, “Courtroom theatrics are not evidence…”

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.”

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…

Kansas Supreme Court Reverses Convictions, Life Sentences of Ex-Kansas Police Chief Mike Akins Jr.

Citing prosecutorial misconduct, the Kansas Supreme Court has reversed 15 convictions and two consecutive life sentences of ex-Inman, Kansas, police chief Mike Akins Jr. “Mr. Akins is confident that he will be found not guilty at any new trial,” said his lawyer, Dan Monnat. The Akins’ decision was Monnat’s “fourth reversal of a life sentence for sex offenses under Jessica’s Law…”

Sex Convictions of Former Inman Police Chief Overturned by Kansas Supreme Court

The Kansas Supreme Court reversed a former Inman police chief’s convictions on sexual abuse charges Friday, and a new trial was ordered…. In the appeal, Akins attorney, Dan Monnat, alleged the assistant attorney general who prosecuted the case… made several errors that denied Akins a fair trial, saying the prosecutor “posed as her own unsworn psuedo-psychological expert….”

Was Wichita Airport Bomb Suspect a Victim of Entrapment?

Wichita defense lawyer Dan Monnat says entrapment involves two elements: law enforcement inducing someone to commit a crime, and the person having no predisposition to commit the crime….“The defense of entrapment reflects the sound public policy that it is unconscionable for government officers to ensnare the innocent and law-abiding into the commission of crime,” Monnat said. Entrapment exists when the criminal idea originates with government agents instead of the accused and when the accused is persuaded by the officers to commit the crime, he said.

Undercover Stings Used to Fight Domestic Terrorism

Though not representing alleged terrorist Terry Lee Loewen, Dan Monnat’s prominence as a Kansas defense attorney has made him a sought-after source for news media covering the case. In this AP story distributed worldwide, Monnat says the 21-page criminal complaint against Loewen doesn’t contain enough information to find his guilt or evidence of FBI entrapment. But he questioned the FBI’s tactics.