University of Pittsburgh

Arthur Hellman Quoted by Associated Press on Kansas Judicial Selection Controversy

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July 16, 2013

A controversy over a new method of selecting judges has erupted in Kansas, and the Associated Press asked Pitt Law Professor Arthur D. Hellman to comment on the latest development. Hellman expressed support for Governor Sam Brownback’s decision not to release the names of all applicants for an open position on the Kansas Court of Appeals. According to the AP story, Hellman said there is little value in the early release of names when most applicants have little chance of being nominated, and he agreed that releasing applicants’ names will discourage some candidates.

Hellman also addressed the argument that the Governor’s approach is contrary to the procedure that was followed under the prior selection process. “When you switch the process, everything else is up for grabs,” he said. “I would not assume — when you make a major change like that — that you would necessarily hold anything over from the old model.”

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