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Brownback to speak about judicial selection at discussion sponsored by The Federalist Society


Gov. Sam Brownback will speak on judicial selection during a discussion sponsored by The Federalist Society, a conservative legal group that has been involved in the debate on changing the way judges are selected in Kansas.

The discussion will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Overland Park Sheraton, 6100 College Boulevard.

Brownback, a Republican, successfully pushed for approval of a new system where the governor names judges to the Kansas Court of Appeals who are then submitted to the Senate for approval.

In the first appointment under the new system, Brownback selected his chief counsel Caleb Stegall, who was confirmed by the Senate on a party-line vote.

Under the former system, a nominating commission screened candidates and submitted three possible nominees for the governor to chose. Supporters of this system said it removed politics from the selection process, but Brownback had criticized this system because he said the nominating commission was dominated by attorneys.

Brownback and his allies also want to apply the new system to the Kansas Supreme Court, but that would require a change in the state constitution.


nick_s 4 years, 3 months ago

And in other news, the preacher will be speaking to the choir during vespers on Sunday...

Jonathan Becker 4 years, 3 months ago


Wrong metaphor. The used car sales manager will be speaking at the used car dealers association to the used car dealers.

The problem with Brownback's position is it assumes the 4 lawyers elected from the 4 Congressional districts and the Chair of the Supreme Court Nominating Commission are in some sort of unison lock-step in their decisions. When, if ever, have you seen 5 lawyers in agreement? The idea of lawyers in agreement is a contradiction in terms.

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