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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Kansas Supreme Court Selection Issue Stirred by Court's Death Penalty Ruling

Kansas Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce said the states' supreme court selection process will “absolutely” be an issue when legislators reconvene in January because of The Kansas Supreme Court’s decision last week to overturn two brothers’ death sentences for a notorious robbery, rape and killing rampage. The Republican said the rulings weren’t surprising — the court hasn’t upheld a death sentence in two decades — and many members of the GOP-dominated Legislature believe the justices have shown an “activist” streak.

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