Paul D. Cramm

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Kansas awards a total of $274,000 from offenders to 126 crime victims
August 15, 2013

TOPEKA – One hundred and twenty six Kansas crime victims who filed claims with the state attorney general’s office were awarded a total of $274,000 by the state board. During the monthly meeting of the Kansas Crime Victim’s Compensation Board, funds were given to the victims. By this program, victims of violent crimes are supported to pay for unexpected expenses like cost of medical treatment, mental health services, lost wages and funeral costs. Awards are given from money obtained from convicted offenders like court fees, inmate wages, parole fees and restitution. To each victim, the board can award up to… Read More →

Homicide investigation launched after baby’s body found in KC trash truck
August 5, 2013

On Monday morning, a horrifying incident occurred and Kansas City sanitation workers were shocked to see the crushed remains of a baby in their truck while doing their work. The workers were emptying garbage bags in the truck when they saw the remaining organs of a baby’s body under the tailgate of the truck. The workers were doing their job in the 2800 block of Campbell Street; they stopped and called 911 to report the incident. The infant was a few weeks old and it is not confirmed from which route the truck picked up the baby. As part of… Read More →

Overland Park police officers are investigating a fatal drive-by shooting
July 25, 2013

A fatal driveway shooting case is still under investigation by the Overland Park police which happened on Sunday around 3:30 pm. near the intersection of 94th Street and Lamar Avenue. On Sunday, as 33-year-old Raymon Thomas left his house, a red Ford Taurus came near him in which 2 men were seated. They got out of the car and fired shots at Thomas according to the police. The car which the 2 suspects was driving with Missouri license plates. The victim, Raymon Thomas was the father of 3 children. He had been working as a real estate agent. I used… Read More →

Supreme Court to decide whether police can take your blood without your permission
July 22, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday in a landmark Fourth Amendment case that could clear up almost 50 years of uncertainty over the constitutionality of blood tests that are taken without a suspect’s consent. The case involves a traffic stop in Missouri, but its ramifications could range far wider, potentially rewriting drunk-driving laws in all 50 states. “It comes down, basically, to are you going to see blood draws every single time someone gets pulled over for a DUI,” said Michael A. Correll, a litigator with the international law firm Alston & Bird, who examined the legality of… Read More →

Better that 10 guilty men go free than to convict a single innocent man

No, the foregoing statement is not a verbatim quote. However, it is a relatively accurate paraphrase of the now famous sentiment expressed by the revered English legal scholar William Blackstone – not to be confused with the well known magician Harry Blackstone or his nearly equally famous son Harry Blackstone, Jr. All joking aside, the essence of this quote forms the very cornerstone of the system of justice that separates the United States from virtually every other civilized nation. Think about it: the presumption of innocence; the requirement of proof beyond reasonable doubt; the requirement of a unanimous jury verdict.… Read More →

Overland Park man charged with fraud pleads guilty

In these tough economic times it seems that everyone is feeling the pressures of financial hardship. Most people deal with their money woes by trying to live more frugally. But some go to more extreme lengths and commit white collar crimes against businesses and individuals for financial gain. An Overland Park man facing several charges of fraud recently pleaded guilty to bank fraud, identity theft, money laundering and wire fraud. Apparently the man had coordinated a scheme in which he provided false information in order to gain lines of credit from banks in the Kansas City area. With a stolen… Read More →

Kansas to penalize drunk driving suspects who refuse breath tests

Johnson County’s district attorney has reported that DUI repeat offenders are a significant problem statewide. Other state leaders agreed and convinced the Kansas legislature that the state’s drunk driving laws needed to be toughened. The result is what is known as a “refusal” statute. Under Kansas law, anyone arrested for a DUI who has at least two prior DUI convictions receives a felony charge. A conviction for felony DUI is serious and is punishable with fines, jail time, and license suspension. But apparently these consequences are not enough to discourage some repeat offenses. Under the new refusal law, an individual… Read More →

Extradited sexual assault suspect entitled to criminal defense

For criminal suspects and their lawyers, developing a sound criminal defense strategy is not often an easy task. It becomes especially difficult when the person accused of the crime decides to leave the U.S. before standing trial. A man accused of sexual assault in 2001 recently has been extradited from Mexico to the U.S. to face his charges. Police say the man had sexual contact with a 12-year-old female in Overland Park, Kansas, resulting in charges of aggravated criminal sodomy and rape of an individual less than 14 years of age. A warrant for the man’s arrest was issued in… Read More →

Kansas Supreme Court denies man’s appeal for a new trial

Under the U.S. Constitution, all criminal defendants are entitled to competent legal representation. Even for those who face a serious felony charge, such as a murder charge, their attorneys are responsible for mounting a solid criminal defense. But just because a criminal defendant is found guilty by a court of justice does not necessarily mean that his or her lawyer’s representation was ineffective. A former church pastor and resident of Overland Park recently claimed his criminal attorney presented an inadequate defense in the man’s 2002 trial for murder. The defendant had been accused of asphyxiating his 9-year-old son by wrapping… Read More →

Kansas trooper accused of sex crimes involving teens

The Kansas Attorney General’s office has accused a member of the Kansas Highway Patrol of sexual contact with teenagers. He has been charged with eight counts of sex crime felonies, including rape, aggravated criminal sodomy and aggravated indecent liberties. The alleged sex crimes involved teen girls between the ages of 14 and 16. The occurrences of sexual contact were reported to have taken place in 2008, 2009 and 2011. While the case is under investigation, the trooper has been placed on a leave of absence. Meanwhile, he is likely suffering serious damage to his reputation. While sex crimes against minors… Read More →

Former owner of Kansas City Knights convicted of fraud

A U.S. District Court in Kansas City has sentenced the former owner of the city’s American Basketball Association team, the Knights, to four years and three months in prison for evading taxes and defrauding a bank. The court also ordered the defendant to pay restitution of more than $1.3 million for his white-collar offenses. White-collar crimes, such as embezzlement, tax evasion, insider trading, and fraud for purposes of financial gain, are typically nonviolent crimes. However, these offenses are taken very seriously at both the federal and state level. Although individual states often have agencies assigned to the investigation of white-collar… Read More →

Kansas City crime lab delays create backlog of criminal cases

With the advent of modern forensics technology, criminal trials have changed markedly. In the past, investigators had to rely mostly on testimony from witnesses in order to gain information regarding an alleged crime. But with the availability of fingerprint, DNA, chemical substance and ballistic analysis, police are now able to pinpoint the evidence that can make or break a criminal case. But the Kansas City Police Department has reported that getting results back from the city’s crime lab can take months. This delay certainly creates problems for police investigating a criminal situation. But it also creates hardship for individuals who… Read More →