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January 17, 2020 - 5:10 PM

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — 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 Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly. She has until March 17 to pick one, and her selection will sit on the high court with no oversight from the Republican-controlled Legislature.

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.

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