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Justice Stegall to stay on Kansas Supreme Court

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Voters in Tuesday's election opted to retain Justice Caleb Stegall, left. It was the first time he's been on the ballot since his appointment in 2014, and he'll serve a six-year term. (AP) Voters in Tuesday's election opted to retain Justice Caleb Stegall, left. It was the first time he's been on the ballot since his appointment in 2014, and he'll serve a six-year term. (AP)
TOPEKA, KS (AP) -

Conservative Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's only appointee on the Kansas Supreme Court will be staying on the bench.

Voters in Tuesday's election opted to retain Justice Caleb Stegall. It was the first time he's been on the ballot since his appointment in 2014, and he'll serve a six-year term.

Stegall served as Jefferson County attorney and Brownback's chief counsel before the governor named him to the Kansas Court of Appeals in 2013.

GOP conservatives and abortion opponents sought in this year's election to remove four Supreme Court justices appointed by previous governors. They hoped to give Brownback an opportunity to push the seven-member court to the right with new appointees.

The four other justices also came under fire for previous rulings overturning death sentences in capital murder cases.

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