From former Kansas chief justice, a chilling warning about our state’s future
July 16, 2023
If you despair of Kansas politics right now, former Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Lawton Nuss wants you to know that they could be worse.
Nuss led the state’s high court from 2010 to 2019, shepherding through a series of momentous decisions on school finance, the death penalty and abortion. Along the way, he faced friction from hard-right legislators who sought to weaken the justices’ power. In 2022, he gave a lengthy interview to the Kansas Oral History Project about his tenure. He underscored his account during a conversation last month.
“I asked myself, outside of times of war in Kansas, was there ever a more consequential period in Kansas for the Kansas judicial branch than those 10 years?” he asked Kansas Reflector editor Sherman Smith.