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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.


Senators linked with Nuss may shun House probe
June 6, 2006
Two senators at the center of the investigation into Kansas Supreme Court Justice Lawton Nuss may refuse to appear before a House investigative committee, their attorney said Monday.
Nuss says he regrets meeting
In filing on lawmaker lunch, judge apologizes for ‘lapse in judgment’
June 2, 2006
No harm, no foul. That was Kansas Supreme Court Justice Lawton Nuss’ defense Thursday for speaking with two lawmakers about school finance - then and now a pending matter before the court. Nuss apologized for “this lapse in judgment” and acknowledged that the conversation could be seen as a violation of judicial standards.
Nuss ‘sincerely regrets’ school finance discussion with senators
Justice files formal response to complaint
June 1, 2006
Justice Lawton Nuss said today he “sincerely regrets” his March 1 discussion with two senators over school finance litigation and “is remorseful that it occurred.”
Kline appoints Neb. A.G. to consult for Nuss case
June 1, 2006
Kansas Atty. Gen. Phill Kline on Wednesday announced he has appointed Nebraska Atty. Gen. Jon Bruning to serve as a consultant to a House committee investigating a conversation between two lawmakers and Kansas Supreme Court Justice Lawton Nuss.
House panel in awkward position of investigating senators in Nuss case
May 30, 2006
Under the state constitution, the House and Senate have their own rules, and each judges whether members are qualified to serve.
Nuss probe may take months
May 26, 2006
A House committee could take several months to finish its investigation into a Kansas Supreme Court justice’s brief conversation about school finance with two senators.
Sebelius on House witness list
Committee seeks governor’s testimony on Nuss case
May 24, 2006
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and her top aide are potential witnesses for a House committee investigating a Kansas Supreme Court justice’s conversation about school finance with two senators, the panel’s chairman said Tuesday.
Governor, aide on witness list in House Nuss probe
First meeting expected Thursday
May 23, 2006
TOPEKA - Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and her top aide are potential witnesses for a House committee investigating a Kansas Supreme Court justice’s conversation about school finance with two senators, the panel’s chairman said today.
Most judges’ ethical lapses kept secret
May 22, 2006
Kansas judges who improperly discuss cases, file tardy financial disclosures or make other ethical violations are allowed to escape public scrutiny because most infractions are kept private.
Lawrence lawyer brought complaint against judge
May 13, 2006
Longtime Lawrence attorney Edward Collister Jr. is the Commission on Judicial Qualifications hearing examiner that brought the complaint against Kansas Supreme Court Justice Lawton Nuss.
Justice faces ethics probe
Meeting with senators could result in court disciplining judge
May 13, 2006
The state’s judicial disciplinary board on Friday opened a formal proceeding against Kansas Supreme Court Justice Lawton Nuss, who is accused of violating judicial rules when he discussed the pending school finance case with two lawmakers.
Formal complaint filed against Nuss
09:41 a.m., May 12, 2006 Updated 10:46 a.m.
A Kansas Supreme Court justice violated judicial rules during a lunch when he and two senators discussed the way Kansas lawmakers fund public schools, which is at the heart of a lawsuit still before the high court, according to a complaint filed today.
Judicial, legislative records off limits
Journal-World sought information related to Justice Nuss case
May 7, 2006
It’s possible that an indication of whether legislators and justices have been communicating on the pending school finance lawsuit could be found in their telephone records and appointment calendars.
Sebelius denies inside information from court
May 5, 2006
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Thursday denied having any inside information from the Kansas Supreme Court on the school finance lawsuit. And Democrats came to Sebelius’ defense against a Republican blitz led by Sen. Tim Huelskamp seeking records from her office.
Text of governor’s response to Nuss allegations
May 4, 2006
The following is the text of Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ statement Thursday on open records requests.