A Shawnee County judge who has sparked controversy with several non-prison sentences for sex offenders is marking his retirement.
A reception was held Friday for Judge Matthew Dowd. Friends and colleagues packed a courtroom to congratulate him for his thirty years on the bench.
In her remarks, Chief Judge Nancy Parrish said the controversial sentences of the past year shouldn't define Dowd's career, saying he's shown great leadership.
Dowd said he tried to do his best.
Among Friday's presentations, Judge Franklin Tice gave Dowd a piece of the floor from KU's National Championship ame.
Dowd plans to teach as a part time criminal justice professor at Washburn University.