Justice Lawton Nuss
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- Communication between governor's office and Kansas judicial branch (.pdf)
- Code of judicial conduct (.pdf)
- Rules relating to judicial conduct(.pdf)
- Justice Nuss' response to the allegations (.pdf)
- KSGovernor.org: Sebelius responds to wide-ranging open records requests
- Justice Lawton Nuss biography, from Kansas Supreme Court web site
- KSCourts.org: Recusal Statement
- School Finance Proposed Expenditures Comparison (.pdf)
- 6News video: Nuss controversy ends with questionable punishment
- 6News video: Nuss meeting descends to bickering
- 6News video: Committee begins interviews in Nuss affair (06-08-06)
- 6News video: Committee begins investigation into Nuss affair (05-25-06)
- 6News video: Kansas lawmakers determine school finance plan (05-02-06)
- House panel votes to expand Nuss probe (06-09-06)
- Senator from Lawrence declines to testify for now (06-09-06)
- Senator denies court contact before Nuss lunch (06-08-06)
- Nuss says he regrets meeting (06-02-06)
- Supreme Court justices at a glance (08-20-04)
- More about the 'Nuss Fuss'
- More about the school finance case
TOPEKA Justice Lawton Nuss said today he "sincerely regrets" his March 1 discussion with two senators over school finance litigation and "is remorseful that it occurred."
Nuss made the statement in a response filed on his behalf with the Commission on Judicial Qualifications, which is looking into possible ethics code violations. The commission had given Nuss until today to respond to the complaint.
The commission is investigating Nuss because of a lunch he had with Senate President Steve Morris, R-Hugoton, and Sen. Pete Brungardt, R-Salina, a longtime friend. The three had lunch at a Topeka restaurant, where the justice initiated a brief conversation about school finance proposals pending in the Legislature.
Nick Badgerow, an Overland Park attorney writing the response for Nuss, said the justice was only seeking answers to questions that could expedite the understanding of legislative progress on school finance in hopes of addressing them more quickly once before the court.
"Justice Nuss did not act with a dishonest or selfish motive," Badgerow wrote. "He apologizes for this lapse in judgment and for any violation of any canon as may be determined by the commission."
Nuss removed himself from the lawsuit April 20, after a reporter asked whether anyone associated with the court had discussed school finance with legislators. The commission launched its inquiry at the request of Chief Justice Kay McFarland.
In his response to the complaint, Nuss said he had been watching developments related to school funding and growing concerns that relationships were deteriorating between the Supreme Court and the Legislature.