No. 74,361.

261 Kan. 734 (1997)

933 P.2d 737

STATE OF KANSAS, Appellee, v. JOHNNIE P. SCALES, Appellant.

Supreme Court of Kansas.

Opinion filed March 7, 1997.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Thomas W. Bartee, special appellate defender, argued the cause, and Mary D. Prewitt, special appellate defender, and Jessica R. Kunen, chief appellate defender, were with him on the briefs for appellant.

Timothy J. Chambers, county attorney, and Carla J. Stovall, attorney general, were on the brief for appellee.

The opinion of the court was delivered by


This case arises from the January 29, 1995, homicide of Kevin Covington in Reno County. The question we must decide on grant of review is whether the defendant was denied a fair sentencing hearing because of the court's ex parte meeting with the family of the homicide victim and because of the court's ex parte consideration of a petition requesting the imposition of a harsh punishment. We conclude that the...

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