The Topeka Capital-Journal reports, "Former D.A. criticizes Brownback ad depicting Carr brothers," by Tim Carpenter. Here's an extended excerpt from the beginning:
The district attorney who prosecuted Sedgwick County’s notorious Carr brothers for murder condemned on Wednesday a new campaign advertisement from Gov. Sam Brownback that pivots on the case in a bid to weaken support for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paul Davis.
The spot from Brownback’s campaign released Tuesday questioned the Kansas Supreme Court’s decision overturning death penalty sentences for Reginald and Jonathan Carr, who were convicted in the 2000 slayings of five people in Wichita.
The GOP governor said the commercial was designed to inform voters that Davis would appoint high court justices willing to impose on Kansans their personal views of capital punishment.
Nola Foulston, former Sedgwick County district attorney, said in a statement that use of the Carr brothers’ murders as a political wedge by Brownback’s campaign was damaging to victims’ families and could be viewed as unprofessional conduct by an attorney.
“This case has devastated our community for almost 14 years,” said Foulston, a Democrat who retired from the prosecutor’s office in 2013. “It is beyond disgraceful that Sam Brownback would exploit this tragedy and make the victims’ families relive that horrific crime every time they turn on their television just for the sake of getting re-elected."