Kansas Senate Expected To OK Appeals Court Nominee

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The Kansas Senate is expected to confirm Gov. Sam Brownback's nomination of his chief counsel to the state Court of Appeals.

Senators planned to vote Wednesday afternoon or evening on the appointment of Caleb Stegall to the state's second-highest court. The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nomination Tuesday.

Brownback's fellow conservative Republicans have a supermajority in the Senate, and none of them has publicly expressed misgivings about Stegall's nomination. Majority Leader Terry Bruce said during the Judiciary Committee's confirmation hearing that Stegall is well-qualified.

The 41-year-old Stegall was Jefferson County's elected prosecutor for two years before joining Brownback's staff in January 2011. He also was an attorney in private practice.

Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley has called the appointment cronyism, but Brownback says Stegall is "a sharp legal mind."

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