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Brownback Calls ‘Hard 50’ Session

Associated Press - July 26, 2013 7:37 pm

Governor Sam Brownback has called a special session of the Kansas Legislature for Sept. 3 to rewrite the state’s “Hard 50” criminal sentencing law.

Brownback made the announcement two days after Attorney General Derek Schmidt requested a special session. Schmidt’s request had bipartisan support from prosecutors and legislators.

The law allows judges to sentence some convicted murderers to life in prison, with no chance for parole for 50 years. A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision raised questions about the law’s constitutionality.

The high court ruled last month in a Virginia case that juries must consider whether the facts in a case trigger mandatory minimum sentences. In Kansas, judges weigh the evidence.

Schmidt says revising the Kansas law as quickly as possible will protect public safety.

Jeffrey Hugsnuts

July 27, 2013 at 6:27 am

Derek Schmidt is idiot #1. Brownback a close second. Derek Schmidt, the guy who want persons convicted of a crime to wear a scarlet badge of shame the rest of their lives

Red Neck

July 27, 2013 at 7:04 am

Not such a bad deal on the scarlet badge. But the gov will cost us some 30K a day for this session. He would serve well on our city commission especially giving support for the art projects. Or the wasteful monies spend on Magnolia where they put in those stupid islands.

Mic Be

July 27, 2013 at 8:24 am

That 30,000+ could have been better spent. Again, another poor decision for spending the tax dollars. Time for them to go!!!

Jeffrey Hugsnuts

July 27, 2013 at 3:58 pm

Yes! Lets shame everyone who commits a crime and see how that works out. Some people get “tough on criminals” confused with “tough on crime”

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