[Excerpt] ... “Caleb Stegall’s going to be on the Supreme Court,” said Rep. Jim Ward, D-Wichita, an attorney. “And that gives the governor another pick on the Court of Appeals.”
Brownback denied that Stegall has an inside track among the three nominees chosen by the Supreme Court Nominating Commission earlier this month.
“I have to interview three people here,” Brownback said. “That’s what I’m going to be doing. Nice try. But I’m interviewing three people here. I want to see who everybody is that they send.”
The governor also said the opportunity to make another pick for the Court of Appeals carried no extra value.
The age limit for a Supreme Court justice in Kansas is 75. Stegall is 42, so if chosen, he could serve on the court for more than 30 years.
Before becoming the governor’s chief counsel, Stegall had worked under former Attorney General Phill Kline and as counsel for the influential conservative group Americans for Prosperity, which was founded by the Koch family.... [End of Excerpt]
Read the complete article at the Wichita Eagle here
An additional article on Stegall's possible appointment by Topeka Capital Journal reporter Andy Marso is here. The posted comments are very insightful.