New. Kan. appeals judge to take seat in January

Caleb Stegall (KSN File Photo)
Caleb Stegall (KSN File Photo)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Budget constraints and the need to remodel office space will keep newly confirmed Kansas Court of Appeals appointee Stegall from taking his seat until January.
Chief Judge Thomas Malone announced Wednesday that Stegall will be sworn in Jan. 3. Stegall is Gov. Sam Brownback’s chief counsel.

Stegall is filling a new 14th seat on the 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 budgeted that way.

The Legislature had a special session earlier this month to rewrite a criminal sentencing law, and senators took up Stegall’s nomination then.

Spokesman Ron Keefover said the judicial branch also must remodel several small, vacant offices into a judge’s suite. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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