Legislator claims Supreme Court selection is ‘predetermined’

justiceladyAt a recent legislative forum in Hays, Rep. Travis Couture-Lovelady, R-Palco, complained about “left-wing politics in the courts” and argued for changing the way Kansas Supreme Court justices are selected in favor of a “more open process” that would give lawmakers a role. As reported by the Hays Daily News, he also suggested that the current nominating commission, which assesses applicants and forwards three names for the governor to choose from, rigs the process. “What they often do, they have the person they want, and they’ll make the other two so unacceptable to the governor it’s really a predetermined selection,” Couture-Lovelady said. Wichita attorney Jay Fowler, who has represented the 4th Congressional District on the commission since 2009, told The Eagle editorial board in his experience “that is not anything the commission has ever done.” Fowler added: “It’s always been our intention and we make a diligent effort to send the best three people based on their qualifications and experience, and without regard to politics.”