St. John's Military School

Crime and Courts
12:37 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Federal Judge Will Not Split Up Suit By 11 Former Military Academy Cadets

A federal judge has denied a Kansas military academy's request to split up a lawsuit brought by 11 former cadets alleging the school fostered a climate of abuse.

Attorneys for St. John's Military School in Salina had argued that each ex-cadet's claims were unique and that jurors in a single trial could get confused. But on Friday, U.S. District Judge John Lungstrum ruled that all the ex-cadets allege the school failed to protect them from abuse by other students. He says the claims involve common questions of law and fact.

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Crime and Courts
8:55 am
Mon December 23, 2013

St. John's Military School Faces Lawsuit For Allegedly Fostering A 'Culture Of Abuse'

St. John's Military School in Salina wants to split up a federal lawsuit in which 11 former cadets alleging the school fostered a culture of abuse.

Lawyers for St. John's argued in a recent filing the defense would be harmed by failure to hold 11 separate trials.

The motion contends each ex-cadet's claims are unique, and that a jury weighing all the claims in a single trial could get confused.

Attorneys for the plaintiffs say the school's attempt to pursue 11 trials would result in protracted litigation, with similar witnesses and documents throughout.

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