Kansas Supreme Court hears judicial selection appeal

"Kansas Supreme Court justices spent nearly two hours grilling attorneys on both sides of a case that could determine how independent the judicial branch of government is from the legislative and executive branches.

At issue is the case of Judge Larry T. Solomon, chief judge of the 30th Judicial District in Kingman County, who is challenging a 2014 law that changes the way chief judges are selected.

Abortion case tests limits of Kansas Constitution

"Abortion rights advocates on Wednesday asked all 14 members of the Kansas Court of Appeals to find, for the first time, that the Kansas Constitution provides the same guarantee to privacy rights, including the right to an abortion, that the U.S. Supreme Court has found in the federal Constitution.

But attorneys for the state, as well as anti-abortion lobbyists, argued that the state constitution is much different, and that no such right can be found there.

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U.S. Supreme Court justices appalled by details of Kansas murder cases

"The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday seemed likely to rule against three Kansas men who challenged their death sentences in what one justice called 'some of the most horrendous murders' he’s ever seen from the bench.

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Kansas Solicitor General Stephen McAllister, who is also a professor at Kansas University’s School of Law, argued that requiring the state to conduct separate sentencing hearings would lead to inconsistent results and unfairly allow defendants to preview the state’s evidence."

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