TOPEKA, Kan. – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says he will appeal recent state Supreme Court decisions overturning the death sentences of three men convicted of capital murder.
Schmidt announced Friday that he will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate the sentences for Sidney Gleason and brothers Jonathan and Reginald Carr.
The Kansas court overturned the Carr brothers’ sentences July 25, concluding that they should have had separate sentencing hearings.
The Carrs were sentenced to die for the fatal shootings of three men and a woman in a snow-covered soccer field in Wichita in December 2000.
The Kansas court overturned Gleason’s death sentence on July 18, saying the judge’s instructions to jurors were flawed. He was convicted for the murders of a Great Bend couple in February 2004.
I find it odd that, more often than not, the state screws up something in an important case. Then takes the position, always, that the defendant’s rights be damned. All to increase their conviction record. Same old song and dance. I do not know if the defendant’s deserved the verdict or not, but when the prosecutor screws it up based upon a technicality of the law that he purportedly knows and desires a second bite at the apple…this is what is wrong in America. I don’t like when criminals get off, but it is far worse that the state goes after people, many of which end up innocent in the end.
“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”