Kansas Supreme Court to Gain Member

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The Kansas Supreme Court will add its seventh justice next Friday.

Dan Biles, of Shawnee, will be sworn in as the 74th member of the state's highest court during a 2 p.m. ceremony in the Supreme Court courtroom.

Biles, 56, replaces retired Chief Justice Kay McFarland. The court's most senior justice, Robert Davis, replaced her as chief justice.

An attorney from Shawnee, Biles is best known for his work for state agencies. He represented the State Board of Education in a 1999 lawsuit that forced the state to spend more money on public schools.

He also represented the Kansas Lottery in front of the Supreme Court, successfully arguing the 2007 gambling law was constitutional.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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