Tuesday, 15 October 2019
Login |  Register 
 
Find Products or Services in your local community
RMG Onlline News US National Business Health & Science Political World Sports
KS Supreme Court Justice to retire
07/10/2019

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas Supreme Court justice whose votes in death penalty cases made him a political target plans to retire from the bench Sept. 8.

The decision announced Wednesday by Justice Lee Johnson will give Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly her first appointment to the seven-member high court. It will not require Kansas Senate confirmation.

Johnson was appointed to the Supreme Court in 2007 by Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius after serving six years on the state Court of Appeals.

He and other justices drew criticism for overturning death sentences in several capital murder cases.

In 2014, a group formed by victims' friends and family sought to oust Johnson in a statewide yes-or-no vote on whether he would stay on the court. The vote to retain him was less than 53 percent.

© Associated Press
You will need to be logged in to leave a comment.
Please Login

characters left

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited.
Click here to review our Terms of Use.



MOST VIEWED STORIES
Click Here For All Stories

LATEST STORIES
Public meetings set on 2020 Big KS Road Trip
New Council member appointed in Tecumseh
Three injured in weekend wrecks
KDA Selects 2019 Specialty Crop Block Grant Projects
Area veterans to take part in Honor Flight
Holton fireworks regs to remain unchanged
Meetings set on Jackson Co special sales tax
Highway 59 resurfacing set to start Tuesday
New court dates set in fatal fight case
Family Legacies
Click Here For All Stories

©2019 RMGNewsOnlline

Powered by Radio Media Group