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253 ABA Journal Kansas articles.

A few years after graduating from high school and college concurrently, 19-year-old preps for February bar

Braxton Moral isn’t sure what he wants to do after he passes the bar, and that’s OK. He’s only 19 years old. In addition to being years younger than the vast majority of candidates sitting for the February 2022 bar, Moral is set to graduate from Kansas’ Washburn University School of Law in 2.5 years rather than the traditional three. He claims he didn’t do well during his first semester but started to get the hang of it by the second.

Retired judge who posted nude photos on swingers website shouldn’t be disciplined, his lawyer argues

Should a Kansas judge be disciplined after his retirement for posting nude pictures of himself on a swingers website while he was still on the bench? The Kansas Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the question last week.

Litigants claiming GEICO auto policy covers STD from car sex can’t proceed anonymously, judge rules

A car owner and his sexual partner can’t keep their names secret in litigation over their claim that GEICO’s auto and umbrella policies cover damages for a sexually transmitted disease contracted during sex in the insured car.

Not in Kansas anymore: A former congressman’s improbable journey from the heartland to Hollywood

In 2004, Dan Glickman began a six-year stint as chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America. That may seem like an unusual career change for a nine-term congressman from Kansas and former secretary of agriculture. People sometimes questioned his qualifications to lead Hollywood’s trade association. “I used to grow popcorn,” he tells me he’d respond. “And now I sell it.”

Judge cuts sentence after defense lawyer claims ‘shady shenanigans’ by federal prosecutor

A federal judge in Kansas City, Kansas, has slashed a defendant’s sentence from 20 to nine years in prison, citing a federal prosecutor’s failure to “conduct herself as a prosecutor must.”

After prosecutor declines to bring rape charge, accuser uses unusual law to convene her own grand jury

A Kansas woman is taking matters into her own hands after she was unable to persuade a prosecutor to bring a rape charge against the man she accused of strangling and slapping her during sex.

Federal prosecutor is removed from criminal cases after allegations of witness pressure

An assistant U.S. attorney in Kansas is no longer handling criminal cases after a federal judge criticized her conduct in a prosecution and noted that she apparently accessed recordings of attorney-client phone calls.

Judge with ‘salty’ personality gets suspension partly for F-bombs, says word is common in his region

A Kansas judge who dropped F-bombs and refused to “f- - -ing apologize” to one employee subjected to one of his outbursts has been suspended from the bench for “quite troubling” behavior.

Afternoon Briefs: Trump pardons Michael Flynn; lawyer suspended for cyberattack knowledge

Trump pardons former national security adviser Flynn

President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he has pardoned former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the…

Fans of baseball will be missed this upcoming season—but not their legal headaches

The national pastime, played in empty stadiums, at long last gets underway on Thursday. The cheer of the crowd will be sorely missed. But the absence of fans will also spare Major League Baseball teams from legal headaches that can arise when the seats are filled.

Ex-client’s lawsuit alleges DLA Piper revealed ‘strident double-dealing’ in mistakenly sent email

A lawsuit filed by a former client against DLA Piper on Monday alleges that the law firm revealed a conflict of interest in a mistakenly emailed invoice.

Afternoon Briefs: 10th Circuit strikes down voter ID law; social distancing could mean long elevator lines

10th Circuit strikes down Kansas voter ID law

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at Denver has struck down a Kansas law that required a birth certificate or…

Utah is first state to grant diploma privilege during novel coronavirus pandemic

Because of the COVID-19 crisis, the Utah Supreme Court approved temporary diploma privilege Tuesday for individuals who are scheduled to take the July bar exam and graduated from ABA-accredited law schools with first-time bar passage rates of at least 86%.

Kansas Supreme Court upholds order limiting church services to 10 people or less

On Saturday, the Kansas Supreme Court upheld Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly’s order limiting church services to 10 people or less.

State supreme court gives 2-year suspension for lawyer who forged signatures of judge and clerk

The Kansas Supreme Court has suspended a lawyer, who forged the signatures of a judge and a clerk, for two years. In its Feb. 28 opinion, the court said its suspension of Laurel Kupka is “warranted given the serious nature of the respondent’s acts.”

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