Kelly announces applicants for court of appeals

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Gov.-elect Laura Kelly on Friday announced 18 applicants seeking a seat on the Kansas court of appeals.

She also announced the names of a panel made up of five lawyers and four nonattorneys who will choose three candidates to recommend to the governor. The governor will pick one for a seat on the appeals court.

Under a law enacted during former Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration, Kelly could have unilaterally appointed a judge to replace Justice Pat McAnany, who is retiring Jan. 14.

Instead, Kelly is employing the merit-selection process that's used in selecting Supreme Court justices . . .

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