Johnson County judge to sit with state Supreme Court for five cases

Johnson County District Court Judge Gerald Elliott will sit with the state Supreme Court April 29 to hear oral arguments in five cases.

After hearing oral arguments, he will join the Supreme Court justices in their deliberations and opinion drafting.

All Supreme Court oral arguments are webcast live through the Watch Supreme Court Live link in the right-hand column of the Kansas Judicial Branch website at

One of the five cases originated in Wyandotte County. Keaira Brown, also known as Keaire Brown, appeals her conviction of felony murder and attempted aggravated robbery. She was sentenced to a hard-20 term.

Issues are whether the district court erred instructing the jury that it could convict Brown of felony murder if it found, beyond a reasonable doubt, that she had killed the victim in “flight from attempting to commit aggravated robbery.” Also, whether both convictions must be vacated on alternative means grounds, whether the district court erred authorizing adult prosecution, and whether the prosecutor committed misconduct during her closing argument. Also, whether the Kansas sentencing scheme that requires a district court to sentence a juvenile to life in prison without possibility of parole for 20 years, and gives a judge no discretion to depart, is unconstitutional.


Rain in today’s forecast

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Rain is in the forecast for Wednesday and Thursday.

A 30 percent chance of rain today will increase overnight to 80 percent.

Today’s high will be near 77, and winds will begin to pick up. Winds of 11 to 21 mph from the southeast could gust to as high as 30 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

The likelihood of rain and storms increases after 4 a.m. Thursday. Between a tenth and quarter of an inch, with higher amounts in storms, is possible.

Some strong thunderstorms are possible Thursday orning as a cold front sweeps through the area. They are likely to start before sunrise, and small hail and strong winds are possible.

Showers and thunderstorms may continue Thursday before 1 p.m. The high will be near 70. Winds may gust as high as 23 mph.

The weather clears Thursday night, and Friday’s forecast is sunny with a high near 77. Winds could gust as high as 23.

On Saturday, Saturday night and Sunday, the chance of showers and thunderstorms returns. A chance of rain also is in the forecast for Monday and Tuesday. There is a potential for severe storms Sunday and Monday.

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UG calls special meeting Thursday on overtime

The Unified Government Commission will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 24, on public safety overtime and out-of-class pay.  It is scheduled to be a discussion meeting.

The meeting will be in the Commission Chambers, lobby level, City Hall, 701 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kan.

There had been an earlier discussion during budget meetings about cutting back on overtime and out-of-class pay.

Also scheduled April 24 is a 7 p.m. regular UG Commission in the same place. The agenda for the 7 p.m. meeting might be posted later at