Of all the weighty names mentioned as having endorsed Caleb Stegall, Gov. Sam Brownback’s chief counsel, for the new 14th seat on the Kansas Court of Appeals, that of former Kansas Attorney General Steve Six (in photo) stood out. Six is a Democrat who was on the other side of Stegall on abortion-related cases involving former Attorney General Phill Kline. But his endorsement, and the governor’s decision to highlight it, is even more remarkable because of how conservative Republicans in Kansas conspired to trash Six’s name related to abortion and, with the shameless help of Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran, block President Obama’s nomination of Six to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals two years ago. Given that context, Six’s letter describing Stegall as a “deep thinker, a scholar of the law,” “highly principled, ethical,” “always prepared and diligent” and someone who “would make a terrific addition” to the court carries particular meaning.
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