January 30th. The Kansas Supreme Court today issued 14 published opinions and two unpublished ones. A selected summary of some of these cases can be found on the Court’s own website, here. We will have coverage of all the published decisions over the next few days. The unpublished cases were:
Docket Number / Case Name / Judge / Disposition / County
98,708 — State v. May — Per Curiam — Affirmed — Sedgwick.
99,816 — State v. Chavez — Per Curiam — Affirmed — Sedgwick.
Unpublished opinions are supposed to be those where the case turns on the straightforward application of existing law. Though widespread, the practice is not without controversy – it has been criticized elsewhere for allowing courts to hide ‘stinkers’ as well as being unnecessary in the age of the internet where the size of printed materials is no longer a constraint. These cases are not available online. If anyone is aware of any controversy surrounding them, please contact this blog and we will investigate.