Brownback to name new Kansas appeals court judge

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is preparing to announce his choice of a new judge for the Kansas Court of Appeals.

Brownback scheduled a news conference Tuesday in Topeka to introduce his nominee, who will need confirmation by the state Senate.

It is Brownback’s first appointment to the Court of Appeals under a new procedure approved by legislators and signed into law earlier this year. The governor chose from among applicants interviewed by his administration.

Under the old system – still in place for the Kansas Supreme Court – a nominating commission screened applicants and named three finalists, with no role for lawmakers after the governor’s appointment.

Senators will consider the appointment when they meet Sept. 3 in a special session to address the state’s “Hard 50″ sentencing law.

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