‘Bodyless’ Murders Challenge Courts

Wichita lawyer Dan Monnat, who will be a defense attorney in the upcoming Stanton County case, agreed that courts should be extremely cautious when dealing with bodyless cases. “Such cases are classical circumstantial-evidence cases — and with all circumstantial cases, there is a great risk that an innocent person will be convicted,” he said.

Wichitan Sues Police Over Rape Arrest

A Wichita man arrested last May in connection with two rapes, then released when a DNA test proved his innocence, is suing the Police Department for an apology. “This is not a case where we’re seeking a large amount of money,” said Dan Monnat, one of Fontes’ lawyers. “He just wants an apology.”

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Judge backs lawyers’ withholding names

A federal judge in Wichita has sided with lawyers who claim it is unethical to comply with an Internal Revenue Service regulation that requires them to identify clients who pay fees in large sums of cash. Chief U.S. District Judge Patrick Kelly has issued an order suspending IRS attempts to force Daniel Monnat, a Wichita…

Judge removed in Vickridge beating case

David Dreier may avoid a prison sentence for the beating of Chris Brannan, who suffered a permanent brain injury. In a rare courthouse move, the ranking Sedgwick County District Court Judge has removed another judge from a pending criminal case because of accusations of bias. Judge Rebecca Pilshaw, the judge removed from the case, was…

Man acquitted of first-degree murder

Marcus Shanklin, 20, was charged with killing LaDon Boyd. Marcus Shanklin – facing life behind bars for a first-degree murder charge – on Thursday heard the news that gave him a start at a new life with his “Big Brother.” After nearly 16 hours of deliberations over three days, a Sedgwick County jury acquitted Shanklin,…

Federal judge acquits Guidry on most charges

Judge Monti Belot did, however, deny acquittal on her convictions on filing false statements on tax returns. A federal judge on Wednesday granted acquittal for Anita Guidry on 10 charges a jury deadlocked on earlier this week. In the ruling, Judge Monti Belot refused to acquit her on the three charges of filing false statements…

Bookstores won’t be indicted

Grand jury refuses to charge local sellers of Jock Sturges’ photo book of nude children A grand jury has declined to indict local bookstores for selling Jock Sturges’ photography books of nude children in provocative poses. The decision disappointed members of the Kansas Family Research Institute, a Christian group that had spent two years protesting…

Lawyer Wins Early Round in IRS Battle

Kansas judge questions ethics of reporting names of some cash-paying clients In a war between the Internal Revenue Service and the criminal defense bar over a requirement that lawyers report the names of some cash-paying clients, the lawyers finally have a weapon to use. It is a Jan. 13 opinion by U.S. District Judge Patrick…

Too-hasty forced entry by police ruins pot evidence, judge decides

After dark on May 17, Wichita narcotics officers stood on the porch at 144 S. Chautauqua and yelled, “Police officers with a search warrant.” A second or two later, the officers used a battering ram to smash through a locked door at the home of Steven Holland Gerber, 40. They seized 106 marijuana plants growing…