Victims’ families seek to remake top Kansas court

TOPEKA – A small group of victims’ family members are waging a campaign to remake the Kansas Supreme Court after it overturned the death sentences of two brothers convicted of notorious multiple murders.

The state Republican Party’s chairman and GOP Gov. Sam Brownback last week endorsed the efforts.

The new group is Kansans for Justice. Justices Lee Johnson and Eric Rosen are on the ballot in the Nov. 4 election, and the group is hoping voters refuse to retain them on the court.

The issue is rulings in the cases of Jonathan and Reginald Carr.

The brothers were sentenced to die over the shootings of four people in a Wichita field in December 2000. The court in July ordered new sentencing trials for them, saying their joint sentencing trial was improper.