Stand-your-ground law in limbo in Kansas

Kansas Statehouse (KSN News)
Kansas Statehouse (KSN News)

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.