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Judge Paula Martin to join Kansas Supreme Court to hear four appeals

February 2, 2012


Douglas County District Judge Paula Martin will sit with the Kansas Supreme Court next week to hear oral arguments in four appeals, according to the state’s Office of Judicial Administration.

The justices appointed Martin, who has served as a judge for 18 years, to replace Justice Nancy L. Moritz. Moritz recused herself from hearing the cases because she was a Kansas Court of Appeals judge when those cases were decided at that level.

Martin will hear arguments Feb. 9 in four criminal appeals and then participate in deliberations and drafting of opinions. Martin handles criminal and civil cases in Douglas County and was appointed to the bench by Gov. Joan Finney in 1994.

Three other Douglas County judges — Michael Malone and Robert Fairchild and now-retired Jean Shepherd — also sat with the Kansas Supreme Court temporarily in late 2010 and early 2011.


Horace 6 years ago

Maybe she can help get Miller v. Johnson out the door while she's there.

verity 6 years ago

Glad to see that a Kansas judge is behaving ethically and recusing herself for conflict of interest.

ebyrdstarr 6 years ago

This is standard operating procedure at the Kansas Supreme Court. I have never known a justice not to recuse him or herself in these circumstances.

verity 6 years ago

Thank you for that information. It's seemed to me that the Kansas Supreme Court has been pretty even handed.

Ragingbear 6 years ago

Ah, Judge Paula Martin. Does anyone else remember when she said a rape victim "facilitated her own rape" and then gave the offender a slap on the wrist? Remember the trouble she got into and the court of appeals stepping in and giving the guy a stiffer sentence? She is unfit for any type of law, much less something involving thinking.

MarcoPogo 6 years ago

I was wondering how long it would take for the conversation to turn this way.

rbwaa 6 years ago

does anyone remember that the victim was only 13! and, that there was more than one perpetrator?

Publius_Publicola 6 years ago

Judge Martin sitting with the Kansas Supreme Court makes a mockery of that high court. She doesn't even know the law, let alone recognizing her role in the judicial system.

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