Kansas Senate denies public defender Carl Folsom justice

Republicans deny longtime public defender a position with the Kansas Court of Appeals

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January 26, 2021 - 10:01 AM

Carl Folsom hugs his wife after the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to send his Court of Appeals nomination to the full senate without any recommendation that he be confirmed. Photo by (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Who believes in second chances — especially when a person has done nothing wrong?

This is a rhetorical question, today, because this column will not have the kind of concrete answer that would hold up in a court of law. Instead, it’s based on the kind of phantom wisdom that passes for a valid argument in the Kansas Senate.

On Thursday at the Capitol, senators considered — for the second time — Gov. Laura Kelly’s nomination of Carl Folsom to serve as a judge on the state’s 14-member Kansas Court of Appeals.

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