Archive for Friday, October 17, 2008

Judge Fairchild again seeks seat on Kansas Supreme Court

As a new judge steps in at the Law Enforcement Center, another is looking to leave - and he wants a spot on the state's highest court.

October 17, 2008


— Douglas County District Court Judge Robert Fairchild has again applied for a position on the Kansas Supreme Court.

Fairchild was one of eight people who applied by noon Friday to fill the vacancy that will be created by the Jan. 12 retirement of Chief Justice Kay McFarland.

The other applicants include Karen Arnold-Burger, Overland Park Municipal Court judge; Christopher E. Biggs, State Securities Commissioner; W. Daniel Biles, a Shawnee attorney; Dennis D. Depew, a Neodesha attorney; Court of Appeals Judge Steve A. Leben; Ward E. Loyd, a Garden City attorney; and Court of Appeals Judge Thomas E. Malone.

Interviews by a nominating commission to narrow the applicant list to three nominees are scheduled Nov. 17 and 18. The names of the nominees will be submitted to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius for appointment.

Fairchild has been a finalist for the state Supreme Court twice before.

In 2005, Sebelius selected Eric Rosen, then a Topeka judge, over Fairchild, and in 2007 she selected Lee Johnson.

McFarland is retiring at the end of her current six-year-term on the court, where she has been a member since 1977. The new member of the court will serve as a justice, and Robert E. Davis will become chief justice as the next most senior member.


Paula Kissinger 9 years, 5 months ago

Here, again, is another instance of an individual who was a good attorney and did a godd job when first appointed to the bench, but as time passed entered the oh-too-familiar judicial la la land where common sense and correct interpretation of the law is lost. Hopefully the 3 strikes you're out rule will apply here if he is passed again. It is bad enough we are stuck with him here...I would hate to have him in a position to foul up the entire state.

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