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Justice’s Fundraising Arm: ‘Politicized’ Bid to Purge Court

staff - April 17, 2016 6:10 am

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – A Kansas Supreme Court justice’s fundraising arm is pursuing donations by arguing an “unprecedented politicized effort” is underway to deny justices retention over school finance rulings.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports Justice Carol A. Beier 2016 Inc. says the state’s high court has been fair and impartial in directing the governor and Legislature to fund schools as required under Kansas’ constitution.

Beier told the newspaper she didn’t write the fundraising letter, and that she has recused herself from hearing the school finance case.

The high court early next month is to review the Legislature’s response to its February ruling that school funding is inequitable between districts.

Five justices are up for retention in the November election.