Backlog delays DA’s Office in Valley Center High School animal cruelty case

VALLEY CENTER, Kan. — The Valley Center police department will be wrapping up its investigation into the Valley Center boys’ varsity baseball team animal cruelty case in about a week, but it will be about a month before they’re able to meet with the DA’s office to consider charges. Dan Monnat tells KAKE TV there’s no rush for the DA to possibly make charges because there’s no threat to the public and the Valley Center Police Department said there’s no one in custody….

What does possible marijuana reclassification mean for Kansas?

Even if the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration moves forward with reclassifying marijuana to make it considered a less serious drug, KSN Legal Analyst Dan Monnat points out this is only a reclassification by one part of the federal government, the DEA, and it’s not a done deal yet. He also says, “even if reclassified, this is not going to throw open the doors of the penitentiary….”

Defense attorney weighs in on Carr Brothers resentencing request

Jonathan and Reginald Carr are seeking to be re-sentenced separately for five murders committed in a weeklong crime spree in 2000. The case has a long history of appeals before the Kansas and U.S. Supreme Court. “Is all that necessary in a death penalty case? Absolutely,” Dan Monnat tells KWCH TV. “Whenever government anywhere seeks to render the ultimate penalty, the ultimate degree of care and fairness must be assured….”

FactFinder pushes for answers following death of man hit by Wichita police vehicle

Questions linger after the death of a Wichita man, fatally injured after being hit by a Wichita Police Department vehicle. Radio traffic shows that the officer never told dispatch that someone had been critically injured. “Could all of this be explained by the shock and panic of a sudden automobile crash? Maybe, but there are certainly questions that arise from the dispatcher tape that have to be addressed,” Dan Monnat tells KWCH TV. “…Why are no familiar codes for ‘injury accident’ used to express that a human being is lying in the street, severely injured?….”

Kansas Supreme Court to hear case concerning protest organizer’s 2020 arrest in Wichita

Following the death of George Floyd, Gabrielle Griffie organized a Wichita protest and was arrested on two counts of unlawful assembly for “noisy conduct.” The ACLU questions the city ordinance that led to Griffie’s arrest, arguing that her First Amendment rights were violated. Criminal defense attorney Dan Monnat agrees, telling KWCH TV, “With a vague term like ‘noisy conduct’ that’s in the municipal ordinance, doesn’t that vague term threaten — even chill — your right of expression and free speech?’”

Attorney explains legal reasons Dennis Rader may not be willing to confess crimes he’s being investigated for

WICHITA — An Oklahoma sheriff believes Dennis Rader (BTK) is connected to a missing persons case, but Rader denies involvement. This leaves some people wondering why he’s not confessing. Dan Monnat, a criminal defense attorney, said this may have something to do with Oklahoma law, which reinstated the death penalty in 1973. “Every government prosecutor ought to be able to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt without the words of the accused” explains Monnat….

Legal experts answer public’s burning questions about Marion newspaper raid

MARION COUNTY, Kan. — The feud between the Marion County Record and Marion County Police continues as a letter from the newspaper’s attorney demands police not touch any of the electronic equipment or other records officers confiscated…. The Police Chief requested the search warrant, saying he had probable cause to believe newspaper employees were committing identity theft…but legal expert Dan Monnat says, “Probable cause is much less than proof beyond a reasonable doubt, much less than clear and convincing evidence….”

‘Kansas Two-Step’ KHP maneuver declared unconstitutional by federal judge

WICHITA – A federal judge ordered the Kansas Highway Patrol to stop using a procedure called the “Kansas Two-Step,” on the grounds that it was a violation of the fourth amendment. Criminal defense attorney Dan Monnat tells KSN TV that when a traffic stop is over, the KHP has a responsibility to let drivers go. Instead, troopers would return the motorist’s license, walk “two steps” away thus ending the traffic stop, then go back to question the driver about another matter…

Jury selection begins in re-trial of Wichita man after mistrial in April

After a juror in an April murder trial was caught looking up information online about the case, his actions resulted in a mistrial. Now, a second jury is convened and local criminal defense attorney Dan Monnat tells KAKE TV: “Jury selection is the vanguard of your 6th Amendment Constitutional right to be tried by an impartial jury. In the retrial, it is imperative the judge, prosecution and defense to hammer home the rules to the jury…. All here want to emphasize the independent duty of each juror to police themselves and make sure they are not listening to any outside sources….”

Wichita apartment complex promises to give tenants $20 off for 5-star review, is it legal?

A Wichita apartment complex told its tenants they could get $20 off their rent if they leave a five-star review. Attorney Dan Monnat weighs in on whether this crosses the line saying, “Is an influenced… or incentivized… or paid-for… or bribed-for online review in a consumer transaction a fair review? … If it’s a biased, exaggerated, or untrue review, then it may qualify as a deceptive practice…”