Kansas Governor to Name Supreme Court Justice

By: AP
By: AP
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has called an 11 am Wednesday news conference to name her pick for a vacancy on the Kansas Supreme Court. The new justice will replace retiring Chief Justice Kay McFarland.

Retiring Chief Justice Kay McFarland is shown in this September 2007 file photo

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Gov. Kathleen Sebelius will announce her
latest appointment to the Kansas Supreme Court on Wednesday.

The announcement is set for 11 a.m. in the governor's Statehouse

The appointee will fill the vacancy being created by the retirement of Chief Justice Kay McFarland, who was the first woman to serve on the state's highest court.

Sebelius will choose among three finalists whose names were submitted by the Supreme Court Nominating Commission. They are
attorney Dan Biles of Overland Park; Douglas County District Judge
Robert Fairchild; and Court of Appeals Judge Tom Malone of Wichita.

This will be the fourth Supreme Court appointment by Sebelius, making her the first governor to appoint a majority of the seven-member court since 1960. Before that, justices were elected to the high court.

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