Crime and Courts
7:26 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Kansas AG Questions 'Hard 50' Sentencing Law

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is holding a news conference Thursday to discuss his push for a special session of the Legislature.

Schmidt wants to revise the state's "Hard 50" sentencing law.

The law allows judges to sentence people convicted of first-degree murder to a minimum of 50 years in prison before they can seek parole.

The state Attorney General says a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision raised questions about the constitutionality of the Kansas law.

The high court held that juries, not judges, should have the final say on facts triggering mandatory minimum sentences.