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A recent Kansas Supreme Court ruling declaring that the state constitution protects access to abortion opened the door to a new legal attack on the death penalty.

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Editor's note: This post was updated at 4:00 p.m. 

Attorneys for two convicted murderers argued Thursday that the Kansas Supreme Court should overturn their death sentences. Jonathan and Reginald Carr were sentenced to death for murdering four people in Wichita in 2000.

Sarah Ellen Johnson, an attorney representing Jonathan Carr, called the original proceedings 15 years ago “filled” with errors to the point where it wasn’t a fair trial.

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Opponents of the death penalty are making a new push to repeal capital punishment in Kansas. They hope the crop of new lawmakers could give repeal efforts a new chance. They made their arguments on Monday at the Statehouse.

Celeste Dixon’s mother was murdered in Texas, and her killer was executed. Dixon, who lives in Larned, says she used to support the death penalty, but she now believes the money spent on Kansas death row cases could be better used in other law enforcement.

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As part of a two-day tour that included stops in Kansas City and Topeka, four former Kansas Governors were in Wichita on Wednesday, and they had strong opinions about conservative efforts to oust some Kansas Supreme Court justices.

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A group of family members and friends of those killed by the Carr brothers are kicking off a campaign to unseat four Kansas Supreme Court justices. The justices face a retention election on the ballot this fall.

Amy Scott James was the girlfriend of Brad Heyka, one of the victims of the Carr brothers. She says the Kansas Supreme Court didn’t follow the state’s death penalty law when the justices overturned the death sentences for Jonathan and Reginald Carr. James says that was proven when the U.S. Supreme Court later overturned the Kansas court’s decision.

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Court-appointed lawyers in Kansas say they need more money to defend high-profile murder cases, like the Carr brothers from Wichita.

The U.S. Supreme Court recently upheld the death penalty sentences handed down in that case and in another Kansas murder case. Because of the ruling, court-appointed attorneys will have to continue working on those cases, and that will take more money. 

Carr Brothers' Sentences Reinstated By US Supreme Court

Jan 20, 2016
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The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in favor of reinstating the death penalty for the Carr Brothers and another death row inmate named Sidney Gleason, who was convicted in a separate case.

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On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court listened to arguments over the Carr brothers' sentences, which were previously overturned by the Kansas Supreme Court. The Carr brothers are currently serving life-plus sentences for the what has been referred to as the "Wichita massacre."  

From the AP:  

The Supreme Court seems inclined to rule against the perpetrators of what one justice called "some of the most horrendous murders" he's ever seen from the bench.

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The U.S. Supreme Court is preparing to consider reinstating death sentences for two brothers convicted in the notorious slayings of four people in Kansas, capital cases that roiled the state's politics and have prompted calls to remake its judiciary.

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Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s office is preparing for arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court next month. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, the justices will consider death sentences that were overturned by the Kansas Supreme Court.