State v. Starbuck, 58484

Citation715 P.2d 1291,239 Kan. 132
Decision Date28 March 1986
Docket NumberNo. 58484,58484
PartiesSTATE of Kansas, Appellee, v. James J. STARBUCK, Appellant.
CourtUnited States State Supreme Court of Kansas

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715 P.2d 1291
239 Kan. 132
STATE of Kansas, Appellee,
James J. STARBUCK, Appellant.
No. 58484.
Supreme Court of Kansas.
March 28, 1986.
Syllabus by the Court

Allegations of judicial misconduct during a probation revocation hearing must be decided on the particular facts and circumstances surrounding such alleged instances of misconduct. In order to warrant or require the granting of a new hearing it must affirmatively appear that the conduct was of such a nature that it prejudiced the substantial rights of the complaining party.

Daniel T. Brooks, Wichita, for appellant.

Geary N. Gorup, Asst. Dist. Atty., argued, and Kimberly Gee Vines, Asst. Dist. Atty., Clark V. Owens, Dist. Atty., and Robert T. Stephan, Atty. Gen., on brief, for appellee.

LOCKETT, Justice:

The defendant appeals from a decision of the Sedgwick County District Court revoking his probation claiming the judge's conduct denied him his constitutional right to due process.

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James Junior Starbuck pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child. The victims of the crimes were the defendant's six- and eight-year-old stepdaughters. Starbuck received concurrent sentences of five to twenty years. After being committed to the custody of the Secretary of Corrections, Starbuck was granted probation by Judge Robert D. Watson upon certain conditions. Two of these conditions were:

"g. That defendant have no contact with defendant's stepdaughters ... until such time as the defendant's therapist and theirs, if applicable, agree that meeting in a family therapy session is appropriate.

"h. That defendant live and stay at some place other than the home [in] which [the stepdaughters] reside with their mother, Deanna Dorene Starbuck, until such time as reuniting is approved by all therapists involved, and until prior approval of the sentencing court and of the Sedgwick County District Attorney has been obtained in a formal hearing in Sedgwick County District Court."

The defendant moved to Topeka and was supervised by a Shawnee County probation officer.

The State charged that Starbuck had violated conditions "g" and "h" of his probation agreement. On June 27, 1985, Judge [239 Kan. 133] Watson conducted a probation revocation hearing. At the hearing, Deanna D. Starbuck testified that although the defendant had stayed overnight with her in the home where her daughters lived, he had never stayed there while the girls were present. The girls often stayed at her parents' home so that she could be with the defendant.

Mrs. Starbuck's mother, Evelyn Neely, testified that she had seen the defendant with the two girls without their mother since his release on probation. A friend who stayed with Deanna Starbuck in her home for two months testified that the defendant spent the night in the house several times while the girls were present.


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