Three candidates recommended for appeals court

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A special nominating commission on Tuesday recommended a federal public defender and two lawyers in private practice for a seat on the Kansas Court of Appeals.

The eight-member panel, working one short because of an illness, recommended assistant federal public defender Carl Folsom III and Wichita lawyers Amy Cline and Diane Sorensen to replace Judge G. Joseph Pierron Jr., who is retiring April 3.

Gov. Laura Kelly will choose from Folsom, Cline and Sorensen to nominate for a seat on the court. The nominee must be confirmed by the Kansas Senate.

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