Supreme Court

Earl Glynn on August 27th, 2010

On Thursday four Kansans filed suit in federal court in Wichita to block the Kansas Supreme Court Nominating Commission from selecting the next member of the court. The lawsuit claims the process in Kansas to select a new member for the state’s high court violates the Constitution’s equal protection clause.  The lawsuit asks all Kansas [...]

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In January many of the 1500 marchers at the KFL Rally for Life outside the Kansas Judicial Center wore tape over their mouths to protest an action by the Kansas Supreme Court.  The tape symbolized the Kansas Supreme Court’s gag order on Judge Richard Anderson preventing him from additional testimony in the Planned Parenthood case brought by [...]

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In late February several members of the Kansas press reported that a letter from Office of the Disciplinary Administrator was sent to Caleb Stegall, an attorney representing former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline, and two former deputies, Stephen Maxwell and Eric Rucker. How did the press learn about the existence of this confidential letter?  How [...]

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On Wednesday the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies published a detailed analysis by Samson R. Elsbernd of the Kansas Supreme Court Nominating Commission Lawyers, 1987-2007. This report gave background information about each attorney member of the Kansas Supreme Court Nominating Commission, including political contributions and the following information:

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Gov. Kathleen Sebelius yesterday announced the newest member of the Kansas Supreme Court will be William Daniel Biles, who will replace retiring Chief Justice Kay McFarland. A recent Meadowlark article, Whom will Sebelius appoint to Kansas Supreme Court? A judge or Obama/Sebelius donor?, offered these comments about Sebelius’ judicial selection process: Gov. Sebelius in the past [...]

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Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has abused her power to appoint members to the Kansas Supreme Court Nominating Commission by ONLY appointing Democrats to the body selecting Supreme Court nominees.  Gov. Sebelius has only appointed Democrats to all four of the non-attorney members of this Commission. With the Kansas Bar Association picking the other four members, [...]

Continue reading about Political Profile of Kansas Supreme Court Nominating Commission: Gov. Sebelius stacks deck

Governor Kathleen Sebelius will pick a replacement Kansas Supreme Court justice by Jan 12, 2009, when Chief Justice Kay McFarland retires.  Will Gov. Sebelius appoint a judge, or a donor to her campaign and Barack Obama, to be the next Supreme Court justice? In October only eight Kansas attorneys applied for consideration to fill the [...]

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Today the Kansas Supreme Court issued a ruling in a long-running case of Planned Parenthood against Phill Kline.  The Kansas press seems to miss how bizarre this case is, which was summarized in this brief: This Court should be under no illusions about what Petitioner [Planned Parenthood] is asking of it.  Petitioner, a criminal defendant [...]

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