Kansas Supreme Court grapples with judicial appointment dispute


The Kansas Supreme Court on Thursday seemed puzzled about how to reconcile a dispute over whether Gov. Laura Kelly can still nominate a state appeals court judge after withdrawing her first nominee.

Justices struggled with how to deal with a state law that doesn't address a scenario where a judicial nominee to the Kansas Court of Appeals is withdrawn, even suggesting that Kelly's first nomination should follow its course until it's decided by the Senate.

"This is a most unusual case that arises from a most unfortunate series of circumstances," Attorney General Derek Schmidt told the court . . .


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