Hutch News: Vote 'yes' to retain Kansas Supreme Court justices
By Jason Probst | Hutch News
Here’s what you need to know about the effort to unseat Kansas Supreme Court justices up for retention on the Nov. 8 ballot: The Carr brothers will never, ever see the light of day again.
The justices are not activists. That’s a term for a judge who doesn’t roll your way all the time.
If the justices are unseated, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback will have undue influence replacing them. The judicial system should be apolitical and should not fall victim to the whims of current popular thought.
The code of conduct prevents the justices from defending themselves publicly, even while other groups attack them. And in the world of law, things are more complex than could ever be presented in a 30-second television commercial.
Airwaves and mailboxes have been filled with emotional pleas and aggressive condemnation in an effort to unseat four of the five current justices up for retention on the Kansas Supreme Court. And those spots – by design – fill us all with sympathy and pain at the memory of the horrible torture, rape and murder committed by Jonathan and Reginald Carr in Wichita in 2000. We’d be inhumane not to feel a sense of shared grief with the families whose lives forever changed on that night.
But, that case is not what this retention election is about. The governor and his supporters are driving the effort to unseat the justices because they are not content with the power they already hold. They want to ensure that the laws and budgets they pass never face scrutiny and never come under review by an independent branch of government.