October 14, 2011 Print

Kansas Board Seeks Sanctions Against Former AG

by Karla Dial

The Kansas Board for the Discipline of Attorneys on Thursday recommended to the state Supreme Court that former Attorney General Phill Kline should be indefinitely suspended from practicing law in the state because of the way he investigated abortion clinics while in office.

Kline, who now teaches law at Liberty University in Virginia, doesn’t intend to practice law in Kansas in the future — making the recommendation an empty punitive gesture.

The board produced a 184-page report of allegations against Kline, saying he repeatedly violated professional rules of conduct and lied to investigators about how he investigated late-term abortionist George Tiller’s clinic in Wichita and a Planned Parenthood facility in Overland Park.

However, a 2008 report by the board administrator’s investigator who reviewed the evidence said “there is not probable cause to prove that Phill Kline violated any of the rules of ethics.”

Kansans for Life spokeswoman Mary Kay Culp said the investigation was “a set-up from the get-go.”

“Every time I would ask an attorney about this, they’d say, ‘You know, if it wasn’t Phill Kline, this wouldn’t be an issue at all. It would never come up in an ‘ethics violation,’ ” she said. “What’s going on in Kansas is a clashing of the pro-abortion, pro-life forces in our statewide offices.”

Read “Exacting Revenge in Kansas: A Matter of Injustice,” by Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review Online, Feb. 21, 2011.


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