Caleb Stegall

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Gov. Sam Brownback is not taking a public stance on whether the state’s Supreme Court justices should be retained this election, but his political action committee has given thousands of dollars to a group fighting to oust four of the justices.

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Kansas Supreme Court Justice Caleb Stegall says it’s important for each of the state’s governmental branches to remain respectful. He said this as the issue of public school funding continues to play out over the next few weeks.

On Tuesday, State Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce told the Associated Press that Kansas Supreme Court Justices have “gone out of their way to pick a fight.” It was in reference to the state’s highest court deciding that an attempt by the Legislature to make school funding more equitable wasn’t good enough.

A vacancy on the Kansas Supreme Court was filled on Friday by Governor Brownback.  He appointed Court of Appeals Judge, Caleb Stegall to the position. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc reports . . . 

Governor Brownback's former chief legal counsel is set to take a seat on the Kansas Court of Appeals.

A swearing-in ceremony for Caleb Stegall is scheduled for Friday, with Court of Appeals Chief Judge Tom Malone presiding.

Stegall is filling a new, 14th seat on the state's second-highest court.

Stegall's appointment by the Republican governor has received quite a bit of attention.

It's because he's the first Court of Appeals appointment under a new law that took effect in July.

And partly because of his position as Brownback's chief lawyer.

Gov.'s Office Denies Intentional Swearing In Delay

Sep 25, 2013

Gov. Sam Brownback's chief spokesperson, Eileen Hawley, denied Tuesday the suggestion by Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley that the swearing in of Brownback's chief counsel to the Court of Appeals is being delayed for political reasons.

Hensley questioned having Caleb Stegall take his seat on the Court of Appeals on January 3. The Senate confirmed Stegall's appointment September 4.

Hensley: Appeals Swearing In Timed To Avoid Vote

Sep 24, 2013

The Kansas Senate's top Democrat says he worries the swearing in of Gov. Sam Brownback's chief counsel as a state appeals judge is being deliberately delayed until next year.

Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley is concerned the delay is to prevent a November 2014 vote on whether appointee Caleb Stegall stays on the bench.

The GOP-dominated Senate confirmed Stegall's appointment September 4. Stegall isn't being sworn in until January 3.

Stegall: Kansans Value Loyalty To State

Sep 5, 2013

Newly confirmed Kansas Court of Appeals Judge Caleb Stegall says the state's residents want their public servants to show more loyalty to the state and their neighbors than to a particular political party.

Stegall added that loyalty to what he called "our mutual home" and to the common good will continue to drive him as he serves on the state's second-highest court.

The Kansas Senate has confirmed the nomination of Caleb Stegall to the Kansas Court of Appeals.

Kansas Senate hearings begin Tuesday on Gov. Sam Brownback's nominee for the state Court of Appeals.

A Kansas Senate committee will hold a hearing next week to consider Gov. Sam Brownback's choice to fill an open court seat.

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