"Kansas AG petitions US Supreme Court to reinstate death penalty for Carrs, Gleason," is by Dion Lefler of the Wichita Eagle.
Seeking to restore the death penalty for three murderers, including the Carr brothers who killed five Wichitans 14 years ago, Attorney General Derek Schmidt has filed a request with the U.S. Supreme Court seeking to overturn a state Supreme Court decision that vacated the killers’ sentences.
On Thursday, Schmidt sent three petitions to the nation’s High Court, seeking to reinstate death penalties for Jonathan and Reginald Carr; and for Sidney Gleason, who was convicted in an unrelated case of kidnapping and killing two people, including a potential witness to his role in a Great Bend armed robbery.
Schmidt’s filing contains a lengthy list of court precedents that he says show the state Supreme Court legally erred in overturning the sentences and some of the convictions in the cases.
In July, the Kansas Supreme Court vacated the death sentences for all three killers, citing errors in jury instructions and sentencing proceedings.
The Topeka Capital-Journal reports, "AG appeals Carr, Gleason death penalty decisions."
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt on Thursday formally appealed the Kansas Supreme Court’s decisions that vacated the death sentences of Reginald Carr, Jonathan Carr and Sidney Gleason.
On July 18, the Kansas Supreme Court upheld the capital murder conviction of Sidney Gleason but vacated Gleason’s death sentence.
One week later, on July 25, the Kansas Supreme Court upheld a single capital murder conviction each for Reginald and Jonathan Carr but similarly vacated both of their death sentences. Gleason’s conviction arose out of Barton County and both Carr convictions arose out of Sedgwick County.
Schmidt announced in August his intention to appeal the Kansas Supreme Court’s decisions, and Thursday he formally asked the U.S. Supreme Court to consider the cases.
"Kansas attorney general appeals death penalty decisions for Carr brothers," Sidney Gleason," is the AP report, via the Greenfield Daily Reporter.
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has formally appealed a decision to vacate death sentences of three men convicted in two separate murder cases.
Earlier coverage of the case begins at the link.