Wichita Eagle: Real threat to Kansas Supreme Court, judicial independence
Eagle Editorial Board
Ethical canons prevent the justices of the Kansas Supreme Court from responding to name-calling or worse. So others will need to defend them strongly as their rulings, integrity and impartiality are assailed by elected officials and partisans from now through the Nov. 8 general election and beyond.
Legislation is being drafted at the Statehouse to curb the justices’ authority, including by putting a constitutional amendment to voters in November saying the Supreme Court can’t shut down schools in the future.
Some lawmakers would like to further punish the court for the perceived wrongs of being too liberal, too political, too slow to sign off on executions and too resolute in holding the Legislature accountable for the state constitution’s mandate to fund schools suitably.