201306.04
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Justices Allow Police to Take DNA Samples After Arrests

WASHINGTON — Police may take DNA samples from people arrested for serious crimes, the Supreme Court ruled Monday in a 5-4 decision. Dan Monnat, a Wichita defense attorney, said the decision represents “the brave new digital and genetic world we live in…. it burdens most the people for whom the Fourth Amendment ought to be most zealously guarded, that is, people who turn out to be innocent of what they’re arrested for….”

201305.31
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Monnat & Spurrier, Chartered Attorney Jon McConnell Named to Wichita Business Journal’s Annual 40 Under 40 List

WICHITA, Kan. – The Wichita Business Journal has named Monnat & Spurrier, Chartered attorney Jon McConnell among its 40 Under 40 honorees for 2013. Roughly 300 individuals were nominated for this year’s honor, according to Wichita Business Journal Publisher John Ek. The selection committee reviews professional achievements as well as community involvement. “We are extremely…

201304.25
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WSU Basketball Final Four Player Investigated for Sexual Assault

While a member of Wichita State’s Final Four Team is being investigated for an alleged sexual assault, Dan Monnat offered legal commentary on the case for KAKE News.

“This has not been elevated to a criminal charge and the accused is presumed innocent. The State has to prove the alleged victim was incapable of consenting because of alcohol or drugs and that the victim’s lack of consent was apparent to the accused….”

201304.08
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New Kansas Supreme Court Opinion Cites Article by Dan Monnat and Paige Nichols

An article by Dan Monnat and Paige Nichols has been cited in a new opinion by the Kansas Supreme Court.

Justice Lee A. Johnson, writing for the Court in State of Kansas v. Lawson, referred to Monnat and Nichols’ work in The Loneliness of the Kansas Constitution, published in September 2010 by the Journal of the Kansas Association for Justice, while discussing the Kansas Supreme Court’s authority to construe the Kansas constitution as more protective of individual rights than the federal constitution.

“I am pleased and honored that our article appears to have assisted the Court in its consideration of this important constitutional issue, and hope that our work will continue to be useful to the Court in the future,” said Monnat.

201302.11
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Police Dishonesty in the Courtroom: Dan Monnat’s Letter in the New York Times

Our system openly embraces certain police lies, such as undercover lies and lies to induce confessions. Given that officers also lie under oath, one has to wonder: Does the acceptance of lying in the field have a spillover effect into the courtroom… It may be time to question our reflexive assumption that these lies are “good” lies. If we can nudge the police toward a stronger culture of honesty in the field, then perhaps we can better rely on them to maintain honesty in the courtroom.

201211.26
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Monnat & Spurrier, Chartered Among Best Law Firms As Ranked by U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers

“Best Law Firms” – a listing produced by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers – has ranked Monnat & Spurrier, Chartered among the Best Law Firms in this metropolitan region in four distinct categories:

• Appellate Practice
• Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar
• Criminal Defense: White-Collar – Governmental Investigations
• Criminal Defense: White-Collar – Litigation

“Best Law Firms” is one of U.S. News & World Report’s series of consumer guides that include rankings of hospitals, colleges, graduate schools, and more.