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Kan. lawmakers ready to take up judicial selection

Published on -1/10/2013, 10:33 AM

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Kansas lawyers say they're open to changes in how the state picks upper-level judges, but they don't think the current system should be completely scrapped.

The Kansas City Star (http://bit.ly/WE2Oxg ) reports the Legislature is poised to take up judicial selection as early as next week.

The Kansas Bar Association is pushing a plan that would add six members to a nominating commission that submits nominees for top judicial posts and reduce some control by attorneys.

The current nominating panel includes five attorneys and four non-attorneys named by the governor. Critics say that gives too much power to attorneys who are not accountable to the public.

Supporters of the current system say it protects the system from political gamesmanship, and that efforts to change it are driven by an ideological agenda.

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Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com

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