Celebrated Kansas defense attorney Richard Ney has died

When news spread of the death of Richard Ney – whose career of legal firsts included launching the Sedgwick County Public Defenders’ Office – Dan Monnat noted, “Richard really deserves recognition as a lion of the national criminal defense bar…. The fact that that vital of a person is no longer with us is just sad….”

Monnat named a top regional ‘Super Lawyer’

Dan Monnat, one of the Wichita area’s most noted criminal defense attorneys, has been named a top-10 Super Lawyer for 2019 in Kansas and Missouri by the national ratings service. It’s the second top 10 for Monnat, who has practiced 45 years and lists successful defenses for abortion provider Dr. George Tiller and a man wrongfully accused of being the serial killer known as BTK.

Former Victoria teacher sentenced to probation for sex offense

A former teacher and coach at Victoria Junior/Senior High School was sentenced in Ellis County District Court to three years of probation for sexual battery of a 14-year-old student. Defense attorney Sal Intagliata said Jordan Ottley did not know he had bipolar disorder and had been given medication for anxiety. This led to him having a manic episode, during which the crime occurred. Intagliata called Ottley’s behavior as uncharacteristic.

Judge throws out drug case after finding federal prosecutor in KCK intimidated witness

In a rare move, a federal judge has thrown out a defendant’s conviction on drug charges after ruling that the prosecutor had interfered with his Sixth Amendment right to a fair trial. Dan Monnat, tells KCUR, “Prosecutors wield tremendous power, but the Bill of Rights …. prevents a prosecutor from denying an accused the witness needed for a fair trial by the prosecutor threatening and intimidating the(m)…,”

Dan Monnat Named to the International Who’s Who Legal Business Crime Defense 2016

WICHITA, Kan. – Who’s Who Legal: Business Crime Defense 2016 has named Dan Monnat, of Monnat & Spurrier, Chartered, one of the world’s leading practitioners in the sectors of Business Crime Defense and Investigations. The publication is a strategic research partner of the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law. Monnat is one of only…

Dan Monnat Named by Chambers USA As One of Kansas’ Top Litigators In White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations

WICHITA, Kan. – Dan Monnat, of Monnat & Spurrier, Chartered, has been named by Chambers USA 2016 as one of Kansas’ top litigators in White-Collar Crime and Government Investigations. The publication, which conducts independent surveys of both lawyers and their clients, writes that Monnat is a “highly regarded criminal defense lawyer with significant trial and appellate…

Jury finds Dodge City man not guilty in 3-year-old’s death

DODGE CITY – A Dodge City man has been found not guilty in the death of a 3-year-old girl. “We are deeply grateful for the commitment and wisdom of the jury who delivered Brock’s not-guilty verdict, and to everyone in the community who has supported Brock,” said Dan Monnat, a Wichita attorney who, along with attorney Trevor Riddle, defended Cunningham…

Cunningham defense tills ground to admit polygraph results

A motion to file polygraph evidence in defense of Brock Cunningham and a series of anonymous tips caused a temporary stir in the proceedings. The attorney representing Brock Cunningham against the state’s accusation of the murder and abuse of 3-year-old Natalie Pickle filed a motion to admit two polygraph, or “lie detector,” exams in defense…

Ketner Takes Plea Deal, Probation

DODGE City, Kan. — Dodge City pastor Jerrold Wayne Ketner pled guilty to a single count of aggravated sexual battery as part of a plea agreement with the state that dropped six other felony charges, including rape and attempted rape. “Dr. Ketner has accepted responsibility,” Ketner’s attorney Sal Intagliata said, pointing out the number of supporters in the courtroom which he said have helped and will continue to help Ketner meet the conditions of his probation.