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Federal judge rejects requests to put voter citizenship ruling on hold
May 9, 2014
US District Judge Eric Melgren on Wednesday ruled that Kansas and Arizona voters will have to provide proof of US citizenship while registering to vote using the federal form, despite a pending appeal by a US agency of the federal judge's ruling that aids in the enforcement of new voter registration....... [more]

Army general denies Chelsea Manning's request for clemency
April 14, 2014
US Army Major General Jeffery S. Buchanan on Monday upheld Private Chelsea Manning's conviction and prison sentence for turning over classified information to WikiLeaks. Manning is currently serving her 35-year prison sentence in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and she could be released as early as Febru....... [more]

Kansas legislature approves bill to create statewide gun possession regulations
April 6, 2014
The Kansas state legislature approved a bill on Saturday that would establish statewide firearm possession regulations and nullify city and county variances on gun permitting restrictions. The bill would also restrict local governments from imposing rules on how guns must be stored and transported....... [more]

Federal appeals court allows Kansas to defund Planned Parenthood
March 27, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit ruled on Tuesday that the Kansas legislature can withhold federal funding for two Planned Parenthood clinics. In the original lawsuit, Planned Parenthood challenged a state law that stripped Planned Parenthood of funding under Title X because the group....... [more]

Federal judge rules for Kansas, Arizona on voter proof of citizenship laws
March 20, 2014
The US District Court for the District of Kansas on Wednesday ordered the US Election Assistance Commission (EAC) to assist Kansas and Arizona in enforcing their proof of citizenship laws for new voters by adding language requested by both states to the state-specific instructions on the federal mai....... [more]

Kansas high court rules education funding reductions unconstitutional
March 8, 2014
The Supreme Court of Kansas on Friday held that the state's legislature violated the Kansas constitution when it underfunded K-12 public education during the 2009 through 2012 school years. The court found that 2009 reductions in funding for public education impeded the school districts' ability to....... [more]

Legal and Sensible: Kansas' Dual Voter Registration System
February 3, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Robert Popper of Judicial Watch defends the recent changes to Kansas' voter registration process...Kansas' decision to implement a two-tiered system for voter registration is a rationalóand perfectly legalóresponse to a lawless situation that it did not create. Its d....... [more]

ACLU asks federal court to return proof-of-citizenship challenge back to state court
January 10, 2014
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Thursday asked a federal judge in Kansas to return a challenge requiring voters to provide proof-of-citizenship to state court. The challenge focuses on Kansas's two-tiered voter registration system, which requires voters to show proof of citizenship to r....... [more]

Challenging Kansas' Dual System of Voter Registration
January 7, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Julie Ebenstein of The Voting Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union discusses the ACLU's upcoming challenge to Kansas' bifurcated voter registration system...According to the state of Kansas, some voters are qualified to vote for US President, but not for Gover....... [more]

Supreme Court rules on Fifth Amendment issue
December 11, 2013
The US Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in Kansas v. Cheever that the Fifth Amendment does not prohibit the government from introducing evidence from a court-ordered mental evaluation of a criminal defendant to rebut that defendant's presentation of expert testimony in support of a defense of voluntary....... [more]

ACLU files lawsuit challenging Kansas voter registration system
November 21, 2013
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU on Thursday filed a lawsuit in Shawnee County District Court, challenging Kansas' two-tiered voter registration system. The US Supreme Court has ruled that laws requiring proof of citizenship for federal elections are unconstitutional, but it has preserved t....... [more]