TOPEKA – (March 23, 2020) – The U.S. Supreme Court today affirmed the capital murder conviction of James Kraig Kahler, who murdered four members of his family in Osage County in November 2009, Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today. The high court ruled that the Kansas statute for handling evidence of a criminal defendant’s mental disease or defect does not violate the due process of law guaranteed by the 14th Amendment. Put another way, the Kansas law governing the “insanity” defense is constitutional. “Contrary to Kahler’s view, Kansas takes account of mental health at both trial and sentencing,” Justice Elena Kagan wrote in the majority opinion. “It has just not adopted the particular insanity defense Kahler would like. That choice is for Kansas...
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AG Derek Schmidt: U.S. Supreme Court affirms capital murder conviction of James Kraig Kahler