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Court of Appeals judge set for swearing-in

Court of Appeals judge set for swearing-in

By Associated Press. CREATED Jan 3, 2014

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) Gov. Sam Brownback's former chief legal counsel is set to take a seat on the Kansas Court of Appeals.

A swearing-in ceremony for Caleb Stegall was scheduled Friday afternoon, with Court of Appeals Chief Judge Tom Malone presiding. Stegall is filling a new, 14th seat on the state's second-highest court.

Stegall's appointment by the Republican governor received an unusual amount of attention, partly because of his position as Brownback's chief lawyer.

It was also the first Court of Appeals appointment under a law that took effect in July that has the governor appoint the judges, subject to Senate confirmation. Previously, an attorney-led commission screened applicants and named three finalists, with no role for lawmakers after the governor's appointment.