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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Kansas Supreme Court Selection Process Criticized and Defended

Anti-abortion group Kansans for Life announced that one of its top legislative priorities is to switch Kansas Supreme Court selection from its current nominating commission system to a senate confirmation system.  The Topeka Capital Journal reports "Kansans for Life would like a federal-style system, in which the governor makes appointments that require confirmation by the Senate." 

The Cap Journal quotes Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Lawton Nuss saying  "I still prefer our present method, which does not allow for special-interest groups to have any impact on the selection of people who eventually become judges".

 TV and other video coverage of Kansas Supreme Court selection is here

 My extensive writing on the topic is here

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