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Kansas Supreme Court Holds State Immune from Suit Over Murder by Escapee

On April 22, 2016, the Supreme Court of Kansas held that the son of a woman murdered by an escaped state prisoner could not sue the state for her personal injuries and wrongful death. The district court had granted the state summary judgment after finding it was immune from liability under the police protection exception to the Kansas Tort Claims Act and that the public duty doctrine also precluded the suit. The court of appeals affirmed.

The Kansas Supreme Court also affirmed, holding that the state was immune under the police protection exemption.

See: Keiswetter v. State, Kan., No. 110610.

Additional source: Justia

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