UPDATED: Supreme Court finds that Kelly judicial nominee can’t be withdrawn

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(Updated to reflect comments from the governor, Senate minority leader, Senate president and attorney general; recasts lead; edits throughout)

The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday ruled that Gov. Laura Kelly cannot withdraw Judge Jeffry Jack as a nominee to the Kansas Court of Appeals, bringing an end in sight to a nearly two-month-long political kerfuffle over the appointment.

"The Governor nor the appointee possessed statutory authority to withdraw the appointment and stop that process," the court ruled.

The court's decision effectively . . .

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