Shawnee County DA Race Heats Up

By: Rae Chelle Davis Email
By: Rae Chelle Davis Email

The race for Shawnee County District Attorney is almost as heated as the temperatures outside. Eric Rucker will face incumbent Robert Hecht in the Republican primary. Rucker held a news conference near the Shawnee County Courthouse Monday morning.

During the news conference Rucker accused Hecht of not being tough enough on sexual and violent offenders. He says Hecht's office has failed to prosecute "Jessica's Law" violations and that he has attempted to mislead voters about Rucker's record. Hecht contends that his office was the first to secure a jury conviction under "Jessica's Law" in Kansas.

Rucker also claims that Hecht has not spent enough time in the courtroom, particularly the district court. Hecht tells 13 News that being the District Attorney means managing and mentoring more than 20 lawyers that work for him. He says that he has promised the people of Shawnee County to handle the office of District Attorney with professionalism and respect. He also promised to exercise his responsibilities without fervor or fear. Hecht says he has kept those promises.

To hear more from both sides on the issues click on the video link at the top of this story.

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Johnson County prosecutor Phill Kline has
become an issue in the Shawnee County district attorney's race.

Shawnee County District Attorney Robert Hecht (HEHKT) is running
for re-election.

In the Republican primary, he faces Eric Rucker, a former senior
deputy attorney general and chief deputy Johnson County district
attorney.

In both jobs, Kline was Rucker's boss.

Kline served a term as attorney general but lost his race for
re-election in 2006. Johnson County Republicans then selected him
to be district attorney there.

In a fundraising letter last week, Hecht noted Rucker's ties to
Kline and called them ``a most dangerous duo.''

Hecht and Rucker weren't immediately available for comment
Monday.


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