Gov. Brownback Not Playing Favorites Among Supreme Court Candidates

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Despite close ties, Governor Sam Brownback says he won't play favoritism in filling a Kansas Supreme Court Vacancy.

Brownback has said current Kansas Court of Appeals Judge Caleb Stegall, who was Brownback's Chief Counsel until the Governor appointed him to the state's second highest court in January, is not his obvious choice to fill the state supreme court vacancy. All three candidates were selected by a special nominating committee from 13 applicants for the high court. The position was left open when Justice Nancy Moritz left to join the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The other candidates are Chief Judge of the 5th Judicial Circuit Merlin G. Wheeler and Court of Appeals Judge Karen Arnold-Burger.

Brownback's appointee to the Supreme Court will not require state Senate approval

The Topeka Capital Journal reports Brownback said interviews with the three candidates will begin soon.