Judge, lawyer, AG’s staffer finalists for top Kansas court


TOPEKA — A Kansas Court of Appeals judge, a Lawrence attorney and a veteran prosecutor now working for the attorney general’s office are finalists for a state Supreme Court seat.

A lawyer-led state nominating commission on Friday sent the candidates’ names to Gov. Laura Kelly. She has until March 17 to pick one.

The finalists are Court of Appeals Judge Thomas Malone, Lawrence attorney Keynen Wall and Steven Obermeier, who worked three decades as a Johnson County prosecutor before becoming assistant state solicitor general in 2017.

A seat on the seven-member court is open because former Chief Justice Lawton Nuss retired.


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