TOPEKA - Today, the Kansas Values Institute applauded American Bar Association President Laurel Bellows for clarifying the ABA's position on merit selection and refuting Governor Brownback’s claims of support for his secretive, political model for selecting judges to the Kansas Court of Appeals.
"Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts," said executive director Ryan Wright. “Once again, Governor Brownback has attempted to bend the facts to fit into his reality. But, you can only bend the truth so far before it breaks. Kansans should be able to trust their governor, regardless of policy differences, but Governor Brownback continues to violate this trust in his rush to remake the courts in his own image.
On July 11, Governor Brownback issued a press release claiming that the ABA supports his position of not releasing names of applicants to the Court of Appeals saying, "It is clear that disclosing the names of potential nominees would hurt applicant pools for future selections and this is why the American Bar Association recommends this method of selection and why the federal judicial selection process follows this same path."
Today, ABA President Bellows released the following statement to the Kansas City Star clarifying their position and explaining why the Brownback-model is not similar to the federal model:
For more information about merit selection and the overall judicial issue, please visit www.KansansForFairCourts.org. Kansans for Fair Courts is an initiative of the Kansas Values Institute.