201706.12
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First time marijuana offenders could face lesser charges in Wichita

WICHITA, Kan. – People caught with marijuana in the city of Wichita could now face less serious penalties if a new ordinance gets final approval. Defense attorney Dan Monnat says that whether a case in the city is charged under the more serious state law or the new city law is largely a matter of “prosecutorial discretion.” Monnat says, “If the sheriff’s officer brings a state accusation of possession of marijuana to the district attorney, it is perfectly within the district attorney’s prosecutorial discretion to say, ‘we don’t want to handle that here, take that over to the city.’”

201702.14
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Update: City Council approves adding cameras to Old Town

The Wichita City Council voted to approve security upgrades in the Old Town area by adding up to 70 high-definition cameras. KSN legal analyst, Dan Monnat, says the cameras and surveillance are within the legal limits of privacy. “I don’t think 70 cameras in a public place push the limits of privacy any more than 70 law enforcement officers in a public place,” says Monnat.

201607.01
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Battered woman defense planned in Kansas factory shooting

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A woman accused of giving her former boyfriend guns used in a shooting at a Kansas lawn equipment factory plans to mount a battered woman’s syndrome defense at her August trial. The attorney for Sarah Jo Hopkins filed notice Wednesday saying he plans to introduce expert evidence related to her mental…

201606.24
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Coroner: Cause of death for 2-year-old undetermined

WICHITA, Kan. — The Sedgwick County Coroner’s Office released the autopsy and toxicology reports on Jhornee Bland Friday. In a report from the Sedgwick County Regional Forensic Science Center, Deputy Coroner Dr. T. Gorrill reported that the cause and manner of Jhornee Bland’s death is “undetermined.” The autopsy, performed May 10th, also reported that there…