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Member of nominating commission says Stegall was overlooked earlier because of politics

August 21, 2013

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— A member of a judicial nominating commission that failed to advance Caleb Stegall's name for Kansas Court of Appeals openings twice last year said Wednesday that Stegall was overlooked because of politics.

Felita Kahrs said in a letter to Gov. Sam Brownback that Stegall's references and interviews were exemplary.

"It is my opinion that Caleb was one of the top candidates that appeared before the Commission but due to politics, his name was not submitted," Kahrs wrote.

Kahrs, who was appointed to the nominating commission by Brownback, did not elaborate, and attempts to reach her at her Washington, D.C.-area job were not immediately successful.

On Tuesday, Brownback nominated Stegall to the Kansas Court of Appeals. Stegall, who is Brownback's chief counsel, was overlooked by the nominating commission last year, but this year, at Brownback's behest, Republicans in the Legislature changed the law so that Brownback could make nominations to the Court of Appeals with Senate approval.

Prior to the change, the nominating commission took applications, screened and interviewed candidates and forwarded three names to the governor to pick from.

The nominating commission still exists to handle vacancies on the Kansas Supreme Court. Brownback has said he would like to change the Supreme Court selection process, too, but that would require a change in the Kansas Constitution.

Comments

hillsandtrees 1 year, 10 months ago

Of course a appointee of Gov Brownback would criticize the process that Brownback criticizes.

http://www.hdnews.net/Story/judgesAP012313

nick_s 1 year, 10 months ago

And this go around, the other applicants were overlooked because of politics. Does this administration, & its appointees, really think they are operating free of poltical sway? 2014 couldnt come any faster...

leaningleftist 1 year, 10 months ago

It's a shame, the real losers in all this, other than most kansasans are going to be children, college students and women.

opinion 1 year, 10 months ago

You forgot the arts and cute puppies.

leaningleftist 1 year, 10 months ago

I also left out people on fixed income and property owners, which I guess covers all of Kansas.

question4u 1 year, 10 months ago

"'...due to politics, his name was not submitted,' Kahrs wrote."

If his politics bias his ability to to be just, then where but in Kansas could he ever be appointed to a court of appeals?

SoundMind 1 year, 10 months ago

Let's see . . . Felita Kahrs. Married to William Jeffrey Kahrs. Brother and sister-in-law to Rep. Mark Kahrs. Both Jeff and Mark have been buddies since before law school with Brownback Court of Appeals appointee . . . Tony Powell.

And . . . she works in DC. Is there anyone in Brownback's administration who actually lives . . . and works . . . in Kansas? Anyone? Bueller?

bearded_gnome 1 year, 10 months ago

The nominating commission still exists to handle vacancies on the Kansas Supreme Court. Brownback has said he would like to change the Supreme Court selection process, too, but that would require a change in the Kansas Constitution.

---in a current culture veering towards third world politics, when the loons march on officials' homes, I'm not surprised that Governor Brownback didn't reveal the list of names in the process.

and, it looks like time to amend the constitution as above.

bearded_gnome 1 year, 10 months ago

"nominating commission" = a bunch of lawyers.

-wasn't it Shakespeare who first wrote: "first we kill all the lawyers?"

don't need just a bunch of political/leftist lawyers in charge of the process.

ebyrdstarr 1 year, 10 months ago

You know when Shakespeare wrote that line about first kill all the lawyers? The speaker, Dick the Butcher, was talking about how to help Jack Cade seize power and become King. Killing the lawyers was the first step to abandoning law and order so power could be consolidated in someone who did not have a legitimate claim to power. It's not about getting rid of unethical lawyers; it's about unethical, power-mad people eschewing the law.

So it's still apropos to this situation, just not in the way you thought...

Kevin Meier 1 year, 10 months ago

and when did kansas ever have the nominating commission filled with 'leftist lawyers'? did you put sugar in that koolaid?

bearded_gnome 1 year, 10 months ago

Kahrs wrote that Stegall was overlooked for political reasons. there you have your proof.


yes, I know wherein Shakespeare wrote that, the phrase has a life of its own now.

jafs 1 year, 10 months ago

Taking things out of context is a good way to change their meaning from the original.

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