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“… he spoke with conviction and passion about the value of the American Constitution and the rule of law in the United States, and you couldn’t help thinking that if you ever got into serious trouble with the police, you’d want him at your side.”

– Stephen Singular, author of the new “The Wichita Divide: The Murder of Dr. George Tiller and the Battle Over Abortion,” on Tiller attorney Dan Monnat

Federal judges tosses indictment against tobacco seller, associates

A federal judge on Friday threw out an indictment against a Kansas tobacco wholesaler and business associates who were charged with trying to avoid paying $25 million in cigarette taxes to the state of Oklahoma and Indian tribes. U.S. District Judge Monti Belot in Wichita ruled that the defendants had met their burden in showing…

Judge Tosses Confession, Evidence In Murder Case

Sal Intagliata, Holton’s lawyer, asked the judge to suppress the evidence during a hearing last week. Intagliata said that by entering the house without permission, Wichita police violated search and seizure protections under the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Kansas Defenders

Paige Nichols and Dan Monnat won in State v. Bunyard, reversing a Sedgwick County rape conviction and remanding for a new trial. This case is notable just for the delay between argument (January 26, 2004) and the decision from the KSC (April 28, 2006). The appeal was docketed more than four years ago! Click here…

Abuse charges dropped against ex-school official

Former Wichita assistant principal was accused of abusing a child at school Prosecutors have dropped child sex abuse charges against a former Wichita elementary school administrator because of insufficient evidence. Assistant District Attorney Justin Edwards asked or the case against Robert C. Baker to be dismissed before Baker’s preliminary hearing went forward Tuesday morning. Baker,…

NY Times: Jurors Acquit Kansas Doctor in a Late-Term Abortion Case

After years of investigations and four days of testimony, jurors here took just 45 minutes on Friday to acquit a controversial abortion doctor. “It’s been a long ordeal for his patients, Dr. Tiller and his family,” the lead defense lawyer, Dan Monnat said…

Morrison’s lover must testify in Tiller case

Paul Morrison’s former lover has to appear in a Wichita courtroom next month during a hearing for Wichita abortion provider George Tiller, an Arkansas judge ruled Monday. Newton County (Ark.) Circuit Judge John Putman determined that Linda Carter was a material witness in Tiller’s case, set to resume the week of Jan. 6 in Sedgwick…

Guilty Or Not, You Can Be Fired

Dan Monnat, a defense lawyer with the Wichita firm of Monnat & Spurrier, said it seems unfair for Morgan to be fired while he is presumed innocent in a criminal court. The loss of his job makes it more difficult for him to defend himself, Monnat said.