Judge correct to allow judicial nominations

gavelIt wasn’t surprising that U.S. District Judge Monti Belot refused to block the nomination of finalists for the Kansas Supreme Court. Four Kansans had filed suit claiming that the judicial-nominating process was too controlled by attorneys. But as Belot ruled, a preliminary injunction was not in the public interest and would interrupt a process that has been in place since the passage of a constitutional amendment in 1958. Belot must next rule on whether to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the process. The selection process is also a campaign issue in the gubernatorial race. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., supports changing the process while Democratic challenger state Sen. Tom Holland, D-Baldwin City, supports the existing system, which he says helps insulate the court from partisan politics.