Archive for Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Kline supporters take shots at Morrison

June 13, 2006


— Atty. Gen. Phill Kline filed Monday for re-election, and his supporters immediately went after opponent Paul Morrison over a new law that increases the sentences of those convicted of sex crimes.

House Speaker Doug Mays, R-Topeka, said Morrison, a Democrat, did "absolutely zero" to help pass what is called Jessica's law.

"Paul Morrison was AWOL when it came to the law, the most important law that we've enacted in a generation to protect the children and people of this state from sexual predators," Mays said.

Jessica's law calls for a minimum 25-year sentence for adults convicted of several different kinds of sex crimes against anyone under 14, including rape, aggravated sodomy and sexual exploitation. A second conviction, regardless of the victim's age, requires a 40-year sentence, and a third conviction of a sex crime results in a life sentence with no possibility of parole. The Kansas law was modeled after a Florida law named for a 9-year-old girl who was killed last year by a convicted sex offender.

Morrison, the Johnson County district attorney the past 17 years, said he supported Jessica's law.

His spokesman Mark Simpson responded to Mays, saying, "When it comes to sex offenders, Paul Morrison has 25 years of experience in putting them behind bars."

At a rally, Kline said he was running on his record of achievements, the top being helping to strengthen punishments against violent offenders, especially those who hurt children. He also listed as accomplishments increasing Medicaid fraud collections, winning water rights cases and arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court in defense of the Kansas death penalty, which is currently under review by the court.

Neither Kline nor Morrison face a challenger in the Aug. 1 primaries, so they will face off Nov. 7 in the general election.


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 11 years, 9 months ago

"Paul Morrison was AWOL when it came to the law, the most important law that we've enacted in a generation to protect the children and people of this state from sexual predators," Mays said.

He wasn't a legislator-- what was he supposed to do?

Phill's in trouble, and what remains of the repug party knows it.

erichaar 11 years, 9 months ago

Morrison could have and should have provided testimony in support of Jessica's law, or he could have lent his name as one more district attorney in support of the law. But doing that would have looked like support to his political opponent, so he didn't do the right thing. Morrison did nothing.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 11 years, 9 months ago

Or he could have just stayed in JOCO and focused on doing the job he was elected to do. Something he'll be doing in Topeka soon.

rhd99 11 years, 9 months ago

The difference between Morrison & Kline: Morrison worked for a living, KLINE was a STINKEN politician with NO credentials or hopes of passing crime legislation in Kansas. What about Lansing, PHILLY CREAM CHEESE CAKE, how could you let one convict & a VOLUNTEER escape & turn up in Tennessee?! That's fighting crime, KLINE!? Get in back of the line, Phil, YOU'RE FIRED!

rhd99 11 years, 9 months ago

The idiot in this case is Phil Kline, Arminius! He has failed Kansas! Name me one thing he has accomplished. Kline is a LOSER!

rhd99 11 years, 9 months ago

By the way, KLINE, take your right wing extremism & SHOVE IT!

Linda Endicott 11 years, 9 months ago

Kline should definitely practice law after he leaves office. He should practice law until he gets it right. So far, he hasn't.

xenophonschild 11 years, 9 months ago

How many times is the LJW going to run the same tired story of Lollipop Boy announcing his re-election campaign?

I've seen it three times here so far, and enough! Phill Kline is a sad, pathetic joke as a prosecutor; he is really interested in pandering to Christian fundamentalist conservative Republicans so he can secure a congressional seat - for which he was soundly thumped in a prior election - or Browntwit's Senate seat should he succumb to a bout of political stupidity and resign, or - Fate forbid, actually win, a run for president.

moderation 11 years, 9 months ago

Stop for a minute and read what all of you Kline haters have written folks are really full of nothing but hate. You don't really support Morrison, you just hate Kline.

That's just pathetc.

emtid4u 11 years, 9 months ago

As with many laws Jessica's has the potential to be abused.

For example. If your 16 year old child moons someone and is charged with Lewd and Lascivious Behavior K.S.A. 21-3508 and is convicted. The child could fall vicitm to Jessica's law. The child becomes a registed sex offender and bares the mark for the rest of his life.

Mr. Kline is just the type of man who will allow such abuse. He has allowed abuse of the statutes by his own investigators.

I do not believe Mr. Morrison will allow such abuse. He has the expierence needed for the Job. He will enforce equally and non biased.

Mr. Kline has and continues to attack the small. All others go free. His own press releases state just that.

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