LJ World: Lawrence man gets 3 years of probation for his role in attacking off-duty police officer

A Lawrence man was sentenced to 3 years of probation on Monday in Douglas County District Court in connection with an attack on an off-duty Lawrence police officer. The man, Jackson Eugene Brouhard, 20, was convicted of one felony count of reckless aggravated battery for an incident around 2 a.m. on Nov. 4, 2022, when…

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LJ World: Lawrence man pleads no contest in fentanyl case that led to 18-year-old’s death

A Lawrence man pleaded no contest on Tuesday in Douglas County District Court in a fentanyl distribution case that resulted in a teenager’s death. The man, Logan Hastie Morgan, 23, was convicted of one felony count of attempted distribution of a controlled substance causing death. As part of Morgan’s plea agreement, the state dismissed two…

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LJ World: Lawrence man pleads no contest to confronting officers with an assault rifle and other crimes at pool hall

A Lawrence man pleaded no contest Wednesday to confronting police with an assault rifle and smashing the windows out of a car at a Lawrence pool hall, among other crimes. The man, Jesse Lamont McDonald, 33, was originally charged in Douglas County District Court with one felony count of aggravated assault on a law enforcement…

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LJ World: Lawrence man gets probation in violent attack involving pit bull; 3 others still facing charges

One Lawrence man has been sentenced to probation after a chaotic altercation where he allegedly tackled a man, punched him and ordered a pit bull to bite him, and three others are still facing charges in the case, according to court documents. Devontae Deshon Rae Torres, 24, of Lawrence, pleaded no contest in Douglas County…

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LJ World: Man faces multiple felony charges after allegedly confronting officer with semi-automatic rifle at Lawrence pool hall

A Lawrence man is facing multiple felony charges after allegedly assaulting a police officer with a semi-automatic rifle after the man was confronted about damage to a vehicle at a pool hall. The man, Jesse Lamont McDonald IV, 33, is charged in Douglas County District Court with one felony count of aggravated assault on a…

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9-0 Supreme Court upholds First Amendment

Outside Boston City Hall stand three flag poles. The Massachusetts state and American flags occupy two of the poles, while the third pole is available for the public to use during ceremonies. Since 2005, Boston had approved 284 ceremonies which included 50 unique flags such as flags honoring medical and other service workers, the Pride…

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LJ World: Kansas City man pleads no contest to aggravated assault on Lawrence police officer

A Kansas City, Missouri, man on Tuesday pleaded no contest in Douglas County District Court to assaulting a police officer. The man, Carlos Garcia Gaspar, 43, entered the plea to one felony count of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer as part of a plea deal that saw multiple other felony charges being dropped.…

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LJ World: 2 Lawrence men charged with distributing drugs that caused one death and injured others

Two Lawrence men have been charged in Douglas County District Court with distributing a drug that caused a death by fentanyl overdose and that injured multiple other people. Logan Hastie Morgan, 22, faces one felony count of distribution of a controlled substance causing death, two felony counts of distribution of a controlled substance causing great…

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Supreme Court Throws Out NY Firearm Restriction

The Supreme Court held that a citizen does not need the government’s permission to exercise constitutional rights. In New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen (June 23, 2022), the Court invalidated a law in the state of New York (“proper-cause requirement”) which banned average citizens from carrying firearms for self-defense unless an individual…

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SCOTUS Upholds First Amendment Protections for Religious Expression

The Supreme Court of the United States held that quiet personal prayers by school employees are protected acts under the plain language of the First Amendment. In Kennedy v. Bremerton School District (June 27, 2022), high school football coach Joseph Kennedy “knelt at midfield after games to offer a quiet personal prayer.” An important fact is…

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