TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – The state’s self-defense law is in legal limbo while the Kansas Supreme Court prepares to consider the issue.
The Topeka Capital Journal (http://j.mp/2ey52BS ) reports that twice earlier this month, the Kansas Court of Appeals overturned district court rulings that invoked the stand-your-ground law.
Because of the rulings, one man could now stand trial for attempted voluntary manslaughter and another for first-degree murder. Previously, the men had been shielded from prosecution.
The rulings come as the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments in a separate stand-your-ground case, possibly as early as mid-December.
The key question is: How should district courts determine whether someone is acting in self-defense or in defense of others? So far the Kansas Supreme Court has given little direction to district courts on the issue.