Some Kansas courts slow to answer probable cause requests

Some Kansas courts aren't complying with a state law requiring they provide probable cause affidavits to members of the public who request them.

Scales of Justice (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) – A Kansas lawmaker says some state courts have failed to comply with a new state law on public requests for probable cause statements.

Republican Rep. John Rubin of Shawnee said when he introduced the bill, Kansas was the only state that sealed all probable cause affidavits supporting arrests and warrants.

Under the measure signed into law in 2014, Kansas courts have 10 business days to either release the probable cause statement sought or deny the request.

Rubin told the Lawrence Journal-World some Kansas districts are either delaying beyond the allowed 10-day period or are requiring each individual to file a separate request, even if the request is for an affidavit that’s already been released to a different person.

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