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Stegall won’t be sworn in until January

September 11, 2013, 12:04 p.m. Updated September 11, 2013, 5:44 p.m.

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— Last week, legislators confirmed Caleb Stegall to the Kansas Court of Appeals under a new appointment system.

But it was announced Wednesday that Stegall won’t be sworn in to the court until Jan. 3.

Stegall and the court agreed to the delay “to meet budgeting and office remodeling requirements,” according to a news release from the Kansas Court of Appeals.

When lawmakers finished their annual session in June, they and court officials didn’t anticipate the new judge’s confirmation by the Senate until January, and they budgeted that way. But the Legislature had a special session last week to repair a murder sentencing law, and senators were legally obligated to consider Stegall’s appointment then.

“We had no idea there would be a special session,” said Ron Keefover, a spokesman for the state court system.

Keefover said the judicial branch also must remodel several small, vacant offices at the Kansas Judicial Center near the Statehouse to create a new Court of Appeals judge’s suite. The renovated space won’t be available until January.

Stegall is filling a new, 14th seat on the state’s second-highest court. The total annual cost of the new judge’s office, which will include an assistant and two research attorneys, is expected to be $420,000.

Stegall was nominated to the court by Gov. Sam Brownback and confirmed by the Senate. He was supported by Republicans and opposed by Democrats.

It was the first appointment to the court under a new law that allows the governor to fill vacancies with Senate approval. Under the former system, a nominating commission vetted candidates and provided a choice of three for the governor to consider.

Stegall will remain as Brownback’s chief counsel until he is sworn in as judge.

— The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Comments

Orwell 1 year, 3 months ago

Maybe we could undertake an "office remodeling" project like the one going on across the street. No one but Czar Brownback and his cronies are in a big hurry to see a Judge Stegall.

And oh, by the way, does anyone still believe that wasn't a railroaded confirmation process? It's now entirely reasonable to wonder whether the "Hard 50" issue wasn't a sham just to rush this sorry appointment through without serious public input.

Cait McKnelly 1 year, 3 months ago

Three months until Stegall starts work yet he's still on the Kansas payroll until then PLUS he gets a complete office renovation (at taxpayer expense). Oh and let's not forget the several thousand dollars it will cost in dinners and cocktail parties, etc for his official swearing in. Welcome to Teapublican Paradise where the small taxpayer carries the load and Brownback's cronies laugh at us all the way to the bank.

lawslady 1 year, 3 months ago

Wasn't he 2nd in command at Commerce .. during the time covered by the recent audit of that agency?

oldexbeat 1 year, 3 months ago

History will name the Brownback years as the most lie filled and unsucessful of any modern Kansas government. And the most full of nepotism. All under the cover of 'smaller' government. What a joke.

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