Stegall selection highlights concerns about transparency and political motives

“With Stegall’s selection, however, there is little question that the state’s judiciary is being consolidated to align with the governor’s mode of thought. At the least, it raises questions about how a judge so closely aligned with the governor – who largely owes his political advancement to him – reasonably could be expected to issue rulings that effectively check the governor’s powers.
Despite its advertisement as a more transparent and apolitical method of appointing judges, Brownback’s first selection confirms critics’ suspicions that it diminishes the value of jurisprudence in exchange for a frightening focus on like-mindedness and political affiliation.” There will be a bill to amend the Constitution to allow this to happen in the Kansas Supreme Court as well. Kansans need to have their eyes wide open.–Stegall-selection

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