Opinion

August 5, 2013

Kansas views on special session, Kansas Chamber, Dole endorsement, children’s fund, Clinton resort

Special session – The push for a special session began when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled this year that juries, not judges, must decide if circumstances in a criminal case should trigger mandatory minimum sentencing laws. Though we agree the Hard 50 sentence should remain an option, we don’t think waiting until the regular session in January would have jeopardized public safety. Juries and judges still have the option of sentencing a defendant to a life term, with no eligibility for parole for 25 years.

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