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…