GOP leader calls for review of SE Kansas judge

Judge Jeffry Jack defends his actions
GOP leader calls for review of SE Kansas judge

The Kansas Senate’s top leader says a judicial ethics commission should review the conduct of a Labette County District judge whose political Twitter posts sunk his nomination for the state Court of Appeals.

Senate President Susan Wagle said Tuesday that she is considering filing a complaint herself against Judge Jeffry Jack.

Wagle said the Commission on Judicial Qualifications should consider whether Jack’s tweets in 2017 violated a rule in the code of conduct for judges saying they should act in ways that promotes public confidence in their impartiality.

Jack’s tweets criticized President Donald Trump and expressed support for abortion rights and gun control. Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly withdrew his nomination Tuesday for the appeals court.

Jack defended his tweets as personal opinions that didn’t affect his work on the bench.