March 21, 2022
The Kansas Supreme Court sided with prosecutor Adam Y. Zentner in State v. Gregory Stuart Rosa, 304 Kan. 429 (2016). A jury convicted Rosa for possessing methamphetamine. On appeal, Rosa argued that a jury should not be permitted to infer that the drugs belonged to him, even though the drugs were found in his home and testimony showed others had seen him using methamphetamine soon before the drugs were found. The Court rejected Rosa’s position, siding instead with Mr. Zentner’s argument that a jury should be allowed to draw reasonable inferences from the evidence. Mr. Zentner handled the jury trial and appeal.