Reuters reports that last Friday, October 18, the state Supreme Court of Kansas unanimously found that former state Attorney General Phill Kline violated the state bar’s Rules of Professional Conduct in his prosecution of abortion providers. It took two years for the case to make its way to court following an earlier recommendation by the state bar’s Board of Discipline for Attorneys that Kline’s law license be suspended indefinitely.
The court found that Kline’s violations were “significant and numerous” and “particularly troubling” in light of his position as the state’s prosecutor. Kline was found to have committed a range of misconduct including: ordering his attorney general office staff to attach sealed documents to a public brief, directing staff to file a pleading with the court that contained misleading information, and giving false court testimony about patient medical records his office obtained in a criminal probe of abortion providers.
Kline’s law license has been suspended; his first opportunity to apply for reinstatement will be in three years.
Reuters has the full story here.
“In a hearing before the Supreme Court, the state’s disciplinary administrator requested that Kline be disbarred, but the Supreme Court said Kline’s actions failed to reach the “intent” threshold that would merit disbarment.
“We conclude indefinite suspension is the appropriate discipline,” the court stated, specifying three reasons: . “Kline’s selfish motive; his pattern of misconduct; and his refusal to acknowledge the wrongful nature of any of his misconduct.”
Kline has insisted he committed no violations. He had already lost his license for not paying an annual registration fee, but he said in an interview after the Board of Discipline ruling that a suspension could hurt his ability to teach or practice law anywhere.”
You can also read The Huffington Post’s coverage here.
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