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The 'Nuss Fuss'

What's the fuss?

A political firestorm known as the "Nuss Fuss" erupted when it was learned that a Kansas Supreme Court justice discussed school finance with two state senators outside any court proceedings. Since then, Justice Lawton Nuss has recused himself from the school finance lawsuit still before the court and several investigations have begun. See a timeline of the controversy.


Report on Nuss case to reflect party lines
October 4, 2006
Republicans and Democrats on a House investigating committee expect to offer competing reports on a Kansas Supreme Court justice’s conversation with two senators about then-pending school finance litigation.
Panel continues review of Nuss meeting
September 20, 2006
A month after a judicial commission issued a verdict, a House committee hasn’t finished its review of a conversation between two senators and a Kansas Supreme Court justice about education funding.
Nuss gets off with warning over school finance talk
August 19, 2006
An ethics complaint against Kansas Supreme Court Justice Lawton Nuss over his brief discussion about school finance with two senators resulted Friday in a warning from a state commission but no recommendation that he be punished further.
Nuss admonished, but not disciplined
August 18, 2006
Kansas Supreme Court Justice Lawton Nuss was admonished today by a disciplinary board, but escaped any further sanction for his discussion of school finance with two powerful legislators.
Nuss offers apology at hearing
State Supreme Court judge admits ‘mistakes’ during school finance discussion
August 11, 2006
Kansas Supreme Court Justice Lawton Nuss says he wanted to have lunch with an old friend to try to ease tensions between the Legislature and court.
Lawyers: Nuss shouldn’t be sanctioned
Supreme Court judge faces disciplinary hearing today over lunch discussion
August 10, 2006
Attorneys for Kansas Supreme Court Justice Lawton Nuss said Wednesday he shouldn’t be sanctioned for his out-of-court conversation with two legislators about the pending school finance case.
Nuss talks turn political
July 7, 2006
Lacking witnesses, a House committee investigating a conversation two senators had with a Kansas Supreme Court justice about a pending school finance lawsuit descended into partisan bickering Thursday, with a Democratic member declaring the inquiry should be abandoned.
Witnessesdecline to testify at panel
July 6, 2006
No one wants to talk any more to the House committee investigating communication about school finance between Kansas Supreme Court Justice Lawton Nuss and two state senators.
Unprecedented hearing set for justice
June 16, 2006
In the first such case for Kansas, state Supreme Court Justice Lawton Nuss will face accusations Aug. 10 that he violated judicial rules. The alleged violations of the Code of Judicial Conduct stem from Nuss’ conversation with two legislators about school finance, a pending case before the court. Judges are prohibited from talking privately with interested parties during a case.
Nuss to face complaint of alleged judicial ethics violations
June 15, 2006
In the first such case for Kansas, state Supreme Court Justice Lawton Nuss will face accusations Aug. 10 that he violated judicial rules.
Sebelius: Records show no wrong
June 15, 2006
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ office said Wednesday that records turned over to a state senator prove her office had no improper contact with the Kansas Supreme Court on school finance.
Court critic denied access to justices’ records
June 14, 2006
A state senator on Tuesday criticized the Kansas Supreme Court for refusing to release information related to the school finance lawsuit.
Senator from Lawrence declines to testify for now
June 9, 2006
State Sen. Roger Pine, R-Lawrence, has so far declined to testify before a House investigative committee looking into a communication between Kansas Supreme Court Justice Lawton Nuss and Senate President Steve Morris.
House panel votes to expand Nuss probe
Governor might be asked to testify in case
June 9, 2006
A House committee investigating allegations of improper communication on school finance between Kansas Supreme Court Justice Lawton Nuss and Senate President Steve Morris voted Thursday to expand its probe.
Senator denies court contact before Nuss lunch
June 8, 2006
Senate President Steve Morris’ contact with the Kansas Supreme Court on school finance issues might be more extensive than previously disclosed, according to sworn statements from senators released Wednesday.

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