Kansas drops Kobach's appeal of contempt ruling

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Wednesday, January 30, 2019

The Kansas attorney general says the state has dropped former Secretary of State Kris Kobach's appeal of a contempt order arising from a lawsuit over a proof-of-citizenship law.

Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced Tuesday that the state dropped the appeal after the American Civil Liberties Union accepted $20,000 for attorney fees and expenses.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the state's obligation was $26,200 before the deal was reached.

U.S. District Court Judge Julie Robinson found Kobach in contempt of court last year for failing to follow her instructions in ACLU's lawsuit challenging a statue requiring Kansans to show proof of citizenship when registering to vote.

The settlement doesn't affect the state's appeal of Robinson's ruling that the proof-of-citizenship law is unconstitutional.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Kansas' attorney general says his office has negotiated an agreement for the secretary of state's office to pay $20,000 over former Secretary Kris Kobach's conduct in a federal voting-rights lawsuit.

Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Tuesday that the payment will offset attorney fees and expenses incurred by the American Civil Liberties Union's clients. The ACLU challenged a Kansas law requiring new voters to provide proof of their U.S. citizenship when registering.

U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson put the law on hold and found Kobach in contempt in April 2018, saying he didn't see that counties properly registered voters.

Robinson later struck down the law and sanctioned Kobach by awarding the ACLU's clients $26,215 for attorney fees and expenses.

Kobach left office earlier this month after losing the 2018 governor's race.

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