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Kansas district court judge sues over state law on courts

February 19, 2015

— A Kansas district court judge is challenging a law passed last year that moved authority to administer district courts away from the Kansas Supreme Court.

The Brennan Center for Justice filed the lawsuit Wednesday on behalf of Kingman County District Judge Larry Solomon over a law that stripped the Supreme Court of its authority to appoint the chief judges in all the state's district courts. The chief judge now is selected by a vote of the judges within each judicial district.

The lawsuit contends the new law violates a 1972 constitutional amendment that gives the state Supreme Court administrative authority over all courts in the state. Former Gov. John Carlin says the 2014 law was designed to weaken the judiciary.

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