Is the federal vaccine mandate constitutional? Local lawyers weigh in

President Biden’s federal vaccine mandate is getting both backlash and praise. “Constitutionally, it is uncontroversial,” attorney Dan Monnat tells KAKE TV…. “The federal government, as employer or contractor, has the same right as private businesses to impose non-invidiously discriminatory conditions upon its employees, particularly where they are designed to promote the public health.”

USD 308 Hutchinson scrambles to recover live stream of BOE meeting after Facebook takes it down

Facebook took down USD 308’s Board of Education meeting from Monday, where the board voted to mandate masks for all schools in the district. The district suggests they have been censored by Facebook, but Wichita criminal defense attorney Dan Monnat says, “So far, the United States Supreme Court has not held that Facebook has come to carry on such a public function that censorship becomes denied to it.”

With new CDC mask guidelines, can businesses require proof of vaccination? Local expert says yes.

Private businesses have always had the right to impose non-invidiously discriminatory requirements upon their customers, says Wichita lawyer Dan Monnat. “Businesses have every right to enforce the new guidelines by asking customers who don’t want to wear masks to show proof of vaccination. I think it gets complicated if a business wants to refuse service to someone who cannot be vaccinated because of a disability….”

Sedgwick County businesses to make own decisions on mask requirements

Even without a mask mandate in Sedgwick County, individual businesses can still require the safety measures and deny service to those who won’t comply. “Private businesses have always had the right to impose non-discriminatory requirements on their customers,” Dan Monnat tells KWCH TV. He says if you don’t comply with a business’s rules, you could face penalties…

What businesses can legally do if customers refuse to wear a mask

Under local mandates, businesses must require masks for employees and customers who can’t maintain social distancing…but what can business owners legally do with customers who refuse to wear a face-covering? Dan Monnat tells KAKE TV, “When the person refuses to wear a mask, they’re refusing to obey the law. The business owner is within his or her rights to order them to leave. If they refuse to leave and thereby interfere with the business, they may have committed the crime of criminal trespass or interference with the lawful conduct of business….”

Police: Burglary call ends with two teens shot

Police said a Wichita man shot two people outside his home around 2 am Monday. He apparently heard the two talking about targeting his home. When they pulled into his driveway, he yelled at them before firing. Attorney Dan Monnat tells KAKE TV, “A person is presumed to have justification for using deadly force whenever it’s used to prevent or terminate an aggressor’s unlawful entry into a home. Now, if they’re in the driveway, is that what the law considers a dwelling? Every case depends upon its specific facts….”

Attorney advises against speculation in death cases

For months, the disappearance of Lucas Hernandez has been on the minds of many in this community, including criminal defense attorney Dan Monnat. “Speculation in these cases is always to be avoided. Science and medicine will tell us the manner in which Lucas Hernandez died, whether that’s by criminal means or by natural causes or accident….”

Man arrested in Wichita swatting case waives extradition

LOS ANGELES – A Los Angeles man wanted in Kansas has waived extradition proceedings in California and will face a felony allegation that he made a hoax emergency call that led to the fatal police shooting of a Wichita resident. Dan Monnat tells KAKE TV the man could face serious charges like “second degree murder, which is a human being killed unintentionally but recklessly, under circumstances manifesting an extreme indifference to human life….”