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Judges are governed by Code
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Dear Editor,
In Kansas, all Judges are governed by the Code of Judicial Conduct, which consists of the following four Canons, enforced by our Supreme Court:
CANON I: A Judge shall uphold and promote the independence, integrity, and impartiality of the judiciary, and shall avoid impropriety and the appearance of impropriety.
CANON II: A Judge shall perform the duties of judicial office impartially, competently, and diligently.
CANON III: A Judge shall conduct the judge’s personal and extra judicial activities to minimize the risk of conflict with the obligations of judicial office.
CANON IV: A Judge or candidate for judicial office shall not engage in political or campaign activities that is inconsistent with the independence, integrity, or impartiality of the judiciary.
Canons I and II are probably of greater interest to clients, lawyers and citizens in general.
I have known Steve Johnson since he arrived in Great Bend approximately 27 years ago. During this time, we have had the opportunity to participate in cases for and against each other on behalf of our clients. I have always found Steve to be a skilled lawyer who is well prepared and while in the process of vigorously representing his client he has always remained courteous and professional.
Others have written letters in support of Steve emphasizing his family, community and civic involvement, all of which are true. From my perspective, I am interested in knowing if a judicial candidate has the ability to perform his duties impartially, competently and diligently. The citizens of Barton, Stafford, Rice, Ellsworth and Russell Counties will greatly benefit by electing Steve Johnson, as I believe he meets the criteria, which I have outlined. I hope that you will vote for Steve Johnson on Aug. 7. Thank you.
Tom Berscheidt