2016 News Releases

Attorney General’s office to handle review of Finney County case

Release Date: Jun 02, 2016

GARDEN CITY – (June 2, 2016) – The Kansas Attorney General’s Office will review the investigation of a Garden City man, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

On May 31, 2016, the Garden City Police Department arrested Jason Linn Nichols, 33, a resident of Garden City, Kansas, in connection with an incident that occurred that day in Finney County involving the chief judge of the 25th Judicial District.

Nichols is being held at the Finney County Jail in lieu of a $900,000 cash or professional surety bond.  The Garden City Police Department, Finney County Sheriff’s Office, and Federal Bureau of Investigation are involved in the ongoing investigation. 

The Kansas Attorney General’s Office will review the investigation to determine whether any criminal charges will be brought. The Finney County Attorney's Office requested the Attorney General's Office handle the matter.

Any public comments on the matter are governed by the Kansas Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 3.6, Trial Publicity, and Rule 3.8, Special Responsibilities of a Prosecutor. All media requests or inquiries should be directed to Office of the Attorney General, 120 S.W. 10th, 2nd Floor, Topeka, Kansas 66612, (785) 296-6115.

No charges have been filed at this time. Criminal charges are merely accusations. Defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.      

Nichols is scheduled to appear for a hearing tomorrow, June 3, 2016, at 8:30 a.m. in Finney County District Court.

No further information is available at this time.

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