The Kansas Supreme Court released the following published decisions March 23:
Appeal No. 111,690: State of Kansas v. Jerone Brown
The Supreme Court affirmed Brown's convictions for aggravated robbery and murder in Sedgwick District Court. Brown argued that several autopsy photographs were published to the jury without being properly admitted as evidence. The court held that because the photographs were identified and treated by the district court and both counsel as if they were admitted into evidence, they are regarded as admitted now. Accordingly, the rule requiring a timely and specific objection to the admission of evidence applies and, because Brown did not object, his issue is not preserved for appellate review.
Appeal No. 112,572: State of Kansas v. Taylor Arnett
In a unanimous decision written by Justice Eric Rosen, the Supreme Court reversed the Court of Appeals, affirmed the Wyandotte County District Court's order of restitution, and remanded the case to the Court of Appeals for consideration of the remaining issues. Arnett pled guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary, and the district court ordered her to pay restitution for damages that were allegedly caused by her co-defendants during related burglaries and thefts. The Supreme Court affirmed the order after holding that a criminal defendant can be ordered to pay restitution for any damages that are proximately caused by the defendant's crime.
Kansas Court of Appeals decisions released.