Kansas judges, lawyers strongly back 4 high court justices

Kansas Supreme Court (KSN photo)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Kansas judges and lawyers who participated in a retention survey gave strong backing to four state Supreme Court justices but only lukewarm support for the lone justice picked by Gov. Sam Brownback.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the nonpartisan Judicial Evaluation Committee has released performance assessments for state Supreme Court justices and Court of Appeals judges.

At least 74 percent of lawyers and 75 percent of judges “strongly” recommended retaining Supreme Court justices Lawton Nuss, Marla Luckert, Carol Beier and Dan Biles.

Only 39 percent of lawyers and 54 percent of judges strongly supported retention of Justice Caleb Stegal, appointed by Brownback in 2014. Conversely, 31 percent of lawyers and 7 percent of judges felt strongly that he should be voted off the bench.

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