TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -

Evening Update: A Wichita defense attorney says he doesn't see the need for a special session of the Kansas Legislature to consider rewriting the state's "Hard 50" sentencing law.
   
Richard Ney was skeptical Thursday of Attorney General Derek Schmidt's request that Gov. Sam Brownback call such a special session.
   
The law allows judges to sentence convicted murderers to serve at least 50 years of a life sentence before they're eligible for parole. A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision raised questions about its constitutionality.
   
The "Hard 50" is an alternative to a sentence of life in prison with parole possible 25 years. Ney said changing the law quickly isn't like to save "Hard 50" sentences on appeal.
   
Ney said even if those sentences are overturned, the defendant still faces life in prison.

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Afternoon Update: Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt acknowledges that a quick rewriting of the state's "Hard 50" law may not allow the tough sentence in pending cases but argues legislators still should have a special session.
   
Schmidt said Thursday that Kansas will be in a better legal position in pending cases if lawmakers don't wait until their next annual session in January to respond to a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision.
   
The attorney general asked Gov. Sam Brownback on Wednesday to call a special session.
   
The Kansas law allows judges to sentence people convicted of first-degree murder to a minimum of 50 years in prison before they can seek parole. The nation's highest court ruled last month that juries, not judges, must have the final say on facts triggering mandatory minimum sentences.

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