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Kansas Supreme Court will meet in Johnson County for first time

The Kansas City Star

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For the first time in its history, the Kansas Supreme Court will hear appeals in Johnson County.

Supreme Court justices will hear appeals in four pending cases from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park.

The session, which is open to the public, is part of a public outreach to educate students and the public about the justices and the Court.

“We began the outreach in January 2011, when the Supreme Court first sat in a courtroom outside of the Judicial Center in Topeka,” said Chief Justice Lawton Nuss. “In that month, we sat in the recently restored former Supreme Court courtroom in the State Capitol building.”

As part of that outreach, the Supreme Court has traveled to Greensburg, Wichita and Salina to hear oral arguments for appeals.

In Johnson County, the justices will hear arguments in three criminal cases from the Kansas City area, including an appeal of a conviction in a spousal murder case. In that case, Jerome Cheeks of Kansas City, Kan., was convicted in 1993 of second-degree murder of his wife, Dianne.

The session will be held in the Craig Auditorium of the General Education Building at Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd. in Overland Park.

The Court has prepared a brochure with summaries of the four cases that will be argued. The brochure will be available at the session and also online at www.kscourts.org.

The Court will also have a live video stream of the oral arguments at www.kscourts.org.

To reach Robert A. Cronkleton, call 816-234-4261 or send email to bcronkleton@kcstar.com.

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