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.’”

Wichita mom to fight Kansas law after son is left to die in pool

WICHITA – A Wichita mom is fighting to change Kansas law after her teenage son was left to die in a pool. KSN Legal Expert Dan Monnat says, “Generally in the U.S., the law regulates actions and codes of morality regulate the less clear area of omissions to act. Generally in Kansas, there is no legal duty to rescue or render aid to someone in peril…”

Wichita man sentenced for turning stolen mail into fake identities

A Wichita man was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison for turning stolen mail into 14 false identities. Attorney Dan Monnat says, “Checks can always be stolen, washed and re-used by thieves to empty your bank account…Although there’s no way to completely stop mail theft from happening, there are some things you can do…

Wichita police: 78 guns stolen from cars this year; 193 in 2016

The Wichita Police Department says 193 firearms were stolen from vehicles last year and 78 guns have been taken in car break-ins this year. Legal Analyst Dan Monnat says a gun owner “cannot be criminally prosecuted or successfully civilly sued for crimes committed by a thief who stole the owner’s gun….”

DHS releases plans to crack down on illegal immigration

New memos put out by the Department of Homeland Security aim to place a higher emphasis on stopping illegal immigration, still prioritizing the deportation of criminal illegal immigrants. Attorney Dan Monnat says, “The new policies greatly expand the targets of immigration enforcement….”

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.

Georgia man charged with cybercrime that cost Sedgwick County $566,000

WICHITA — A Georgia man has been arrested on federal charges for carrying out an e-mail spoofing scheme that cost Sedgwick County $566,000. KSN Legal Analyst Dan Monnat says, “Criminals can be caught doing modern crimes… from wiretaps to snapchat and from door-to-door swindles to hacking in the cloud. All you need is proof beyond a reasonable doubt.”

Attorney answers questions about the crime of promoting prostitution

Dr. Travis Hubin was arrested on a felony charge of promoting prostitution or promoting the sale of sexual relations. Trevor Riddle tells KAKE TV the doctor is not accused of purchasing or producing pornography. Instead, he is accused of paying two otherwise consenting adults for engaging in an act of sex. In essence, Riddle says, it is not illegal to view pornography….

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…

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…