Hays Daily News: Hays Marines honor chief justice as one of their own

By JUNO OGLE for the Hays Daily News

The U.S. Marine Corps lives by a motto — Semper Fidelis, “always faithful” in Latin — and Friday the Hays chapter of the Marine Corps League honored a man they believe exemplifies that motto in his work. Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Lawton Nuss was made an honorary member of the Edwin A. Schumacher Detachment No. 740. The ceremony took place in a rare open meeting of the veterans’ group at the American Legion, 1305 Canterbury, Friday afternoon.


“It’s primarily for his integrity, transparency of the court, fairness and incisiveness,” said League Chaplain Chuck White. “Those are all traits of a Marine.

“He has used those traits probably the entire time he was a trial attorney, then when appointed to the Supreme Court and now as chief justice,” White said.

Since Nuss’ appointment as chief justice in 2010, the court has made an effort to become more open to the public. Oral arguments are live-streamed online, and since 2011, the court has periodically conducted hearings around the state.

In April 2015, more than 500 people turned out at Fort Hays State University’s Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center to observe hearings on three northwest Kansas cases.

Nuss has also been outspoken in his defense of the current system of selecting Supreme Court justices.

Gov. Sam Brownback made a push in the 2016 legislative session to change the way the state’s Supreme Court justices are chosen.

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