Hard 50

Government
8:16 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Call For Special Legislative Session Draws Support And Questions

Gov. Brownback during a ceremony announcing the special session.
Credit Stephen Koranda

In 2005, 17-year-old Robert Haberlein and two other people entered a Dollar General store in Bonner Springs. It was late in the day and only one person, 44-year-old Robin Bell, was working in the store. The three overpowered Bell and took her into the back of the store, forcing her to open the safe. They beat her before shooting and killing her.

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Legislature
4:17 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Brownback Officially Calls Special Session

Governor Sam Brownback Tuesday signed a proclamation officially calling a special session of the Kansas Legislature in September.

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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.

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