Judge refuses to bar Kansas Supreme Court nomination

WICHITA | A federal judge has refused to block Kansas from filling a vacancy on the state Supreme Court in a case challenging the state's process for appointing some judges.

Four Kansas residents had sought an injunction against the lawyer members of the Kansas Supreme Court Nominating Commission. The lawsuit claims the lawyers have too much power because they make up the majority of the commission.

U.S. District Judge Monti Belot refused Tuesday to grant the injunction, finding that the plaintiffs failed to show they were likely to win their case.

The lawsuit seeks to stop the state from filling a vacancy created when Kansas Chief Justice Robert Davis retired on Aug. 3, a day before he died.