Legislative Activity - Kansas

  • All Death Sentences Overturned in Kansas - The Kansas Supreme Court found that the state's death penalty law is flawed and the sentences of the state's four death row inmates will have to be decided again. Kansas's law allowed a death sentence if the aggravating factors presented by the prosecutor were equal to the mitigating factors presented by the defense. "Fundamental fairness" requires that a tie go to the defendant when it is a matter of life and death, said the court. (NY Times, 12/30/01)