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Stand-Your-Ground Law in Limbo in Kansas

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 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.

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