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….”

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….”

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….”