While much of the focus of 2008 was on the legislative and executive branch elections, that does not mean there was nothing of note in the judicial branch.

While much of the focus of 2008 was on the legislative and executive branch elections, that does not mean there was nothing of note in the judicial branch.

For one, the Gary Kleypas trial finally ended. Kleypas had been on and off Death Row because of challenges to the Kansas death penalty. However, a Wyandotte County jury re-sentenced him to death in September. In December, Judge Donald Noland upheld that recommendation, seemingly putting an end to the series of trials.

Also of note: three defendants (Edward Gordon, Samuel Becker, and Aaron Graham) stood accused of the murder of former Pittsburg State basketball player Jamey Richardson. Gordon accepted a plea deal and was sentenced to 10 years in jail. Becker received life in prison plus 68 months after a trial, while Graham made a plea deal and received life in prison.