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Kansas death penalty appeals changes unresolved

Published On: Apr 26 2014 03:18:01 PM CDT
Kansas Capitol
TOPEKA, Kan. -

Kansas legislators are expected to try again to pass a measure that would shorten the time allowed for death row inmates to appeal their convictions before the state Supreme Court.
    
The measure is one of several lingering issues remaining for legislators to resolve when they return Wednesday to the Statehouse to resume their session.
    
The death penalty changes would limit the amount of time that attorneys would have to file briefs with the Kansas Supreme Court in direct appeals by inmates and appeals on issues related to the convictions. Supporters say the changes will expedite the appeals process.
    
The bill is in a compromise agreement that also would make certain law enforcement documents related to arrests and search warrants available for public view.

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