Salina Journal: Judicial roundtable focuses on retention vote
By ERIC WILEY | Salina Journal
The judicial nomination and retention processes work, a panel of current and retired Kansas Supreme Court justices and former Kansas governors told an audience Friday afternoon on the Kansas Wesleyan University campus.
But the processes must remain nonpolitical, former Gov. Bill Graves cautioned, and the judiciary branch must remain independent.
“It’s important, absolutely important,” said Graves, a Salina native who now works as president and CEO of American Trucking Associations. “The separation of powers, it’s not like it’s a new concept. (I) respect that there are three branches and the role and manner by which the judiciary branch goes about its business. I’m a huge believer in the three branches of government. This is not broken, so let’s not try to fix it.”
Graves; former Kansas Gov. John Carlin, a native of Smolan; retired Justice Ed Larson; Chief Justice Lawton Nuss, a Salina native; Justice Marla Luckert, a native of Goodland; and retired Justice Ed Larson, a native of Denmark, spoke at Kansas Wesleyan at the invitation of the Saline- Ottawa County Bar Association, discussing the separation of powers between the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government and the nonpartisan selection of judges.