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Kline hires special prosecutor to target Morrison

December 13, 2007

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— In a stunning development in the scandal surrounding Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison, Johnson County District Attorney Phill Kline will get to hire a special prosecutor in the case. Last year, Morrison trounced Kline in the attorney general election.

On Thursday, Johnson County Commissioners gave permission to Kline to select a special prosecutor to investigate what he called blackmail and telephone harassment.

Kline told the commission some witnesses could be from his staff. He declined to say who was the target of the probe.

A county official with knowledge of the situation who asked not to be named said Morrison is the target of the investigation, The Associated Press reported.

Morrison has been rocked by revelations that he had a two-year extra-marital affair with Linda Carter, who served as director of administration for Morrison when he was Johnson County district attorney.

Carter has filed a complaint with the federal Equal Empoyment Opportunity Commission, and accused Morrison of sexual harassment, according to the Topeka Capital-Journal. Morrison has admitted to the affair.

But Carter has also accused Morrison of unsuccessfully trying to persuade her to write letters on behalf of eight former employees fired by Kline. The newspaper said she also claimed Morrison sought sensitive information about Kline's activities as district attorney. Morrison has denied these accusations.

Morrison was Johnson County prosecutor when, as a Democrat, he defeated Kline, a Republican, who then was named as Morrison's replacement by party members in Johnson County.

Comments

hottruckinmama 7 years ago

Paul is stupid. Phil is nutty'er then a pet coon. Linda is a tramp. If these people were poor they'd be on Springer.

Richard Heckler 7 years ago

Oh my this deal is about to get more revealing than Ms. Carter realized cuz we know that Kline and his neocon pals from JOCO love pronography and will demand graphic responses from the witness stand. This will become very interesting considering Kline resides out of JOCO county and does not like to show up for work.

OOOOH national news is going to have fun with this new Kansas episode after the neocon Kansas legislature made fools of themselves for awhile.

dirkleisure 7 years ago

Who wants to bet Kline has already provided phone records to the media to back up the new angle of "phone harassment"?

trinity 7 years ago

lol-there's been a thread regarding this very issue for hours now. breaking news, hmmm?

dragonwagon2 7 years ago

Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practise to deceive!

Sir Walter Scott, Marmion, Canto vi. Stanza 17. Scottish author & novelist (1771 - 1832)

ModerateOne 7 years ago

This is Morrison's greatest hope. Paul can win any PR issue provided Phill is on the other side. If Phill really wanted to hurt Paul he would have the good sense to stay out of it entirely.

Centrist 7 years ago

Why would this woman do ANYTHING for Phill Kline? Why would she accuse Morrison of Kline-related wrongdoing? Does she know him? Are they in cohoots? How did Phill get so lucky all of a sudden?

This seems more and more like a sneaky Kline effort every day!!!

Maybe the STATE Attorney General ie Morrison, should hire a special investigator to investigate Phill Kline's use of work hours and his sneaky "residence" claim in Johnson County!!

situveux1 7 years ago

Why would Kline do this? This is like Morrison's "independent investigation." Nobody's going to buy this.

tolawdjk 7 years ago

I think they should both be fired and deported to Missouri.

situveux1 7 years ago

The Olathe paper said he asked for $25,000. Nice.

Joe Hyde 7 years ago

"Accused" AG Morrison (before he became Attorney General) of "trying to persuade" her to "write letters" on behalf of staff members fired by Mr. Klein?

I'm shocked - shocked, I say!

During their affair did Mr. Morrison perhaps also try to "improperly persuade" Ms. Carter to check the seed level in her finch feeders?

Mackadoo 7 years ago

I'm with you, tolawdjk. Throw 'em both out. This drama is getting ridiculous. I don't think either of them are capable of doing their jobs with any kind of impartiality.

deskboy04 7 years ago

Maybe he thinks that he's Lyle Waggoner.

duhinlawrence 7 years ago

I agree with mackadoo - they are too busy looking at each other to worry about what is really wrong

Jaminrawk 7 years ago

Looks like X-Mas ..er ... sorry Phill, CHRISTmas came a little early for Phill Kline. I bet he's salivating to take down the guy (albeit, Morrison is really looking like a moron) who beat him in the past election. "Abortion clinics can wait when I have a chance to stick it to the guy who defeated me and the Christian Right!"

I'm mostly upset because I'll have to see his weasley face and drastically thinning hair on my television again.

situveux1 7 years ago

You don't have to, turn off your TV.

Jaminrawk 7 years ago

Phill Kline doesn't control whether I want to watch the news or not. I just hate looking at a poor loser who has no clue what separation of church and state is all about.

yourworstnightmare 7 years ago

It is good for Morrison that Kline is getting involved. Any hope of an impartial investigation has just gone out the window. Kline will be perceived as being on another politically-motivated witch hunt for which he is so famous.

dirkleisure 7 years ago

It is good that Kline is playing his hand about what the next batch of information he is going to spoon feed the Cap Journal is.

Phone calls galore!

bearded_gnome 7 years ago

But Carter has also accused Morrison of unsuccessfully trying to persuade her to write letters on behalf of eight former employees fired by Kline. The newspaper said she also claimed Morrison sought sensitive information about Kline's activities as district attorney. Morrison has denied these accusations.

if one bit of evidence supports these claims, it is very very hot water for morrison! but remember, morrison is the best AG T Till-the-killer's money could buy. remember also linda carter is not the first sexual harrassment suit against PM, too. wow, think he became a democrat to act like Bill Clinton? damn. I think Morrison is toast now, somebody stick a fork in him. yes, the violations happened in PK's jurisdiction and involved his personnel, but $25K seems like just a starter figure, the opening bid. go get 'em Phil!!! you da' man.

Ragingbear 7 years ago

Anyone else notice that this article tries to make two different subjects look related?

  1. Morrison might have been doing the nasty with somebody.

  2. Phil Kline given permission to assign a special prosecutor in a phone harassment and blackmail accusation.

  3. People from Morrison's office may be questioned in regards to the blackmail/harassment issue.

  4. Then again, he might question Lur of the Planet Omicron Persei 8.

  5. There is no current target of the probe. In political terms, this is called a witch hunt.

  6. The only factor linking these issues together are newspaper articles like this one.

  7. I like turtles.

Grump 7 years ago

bearded_gnome, what is wrong with Morrison asking Carter to write letters on behalf of the eight former employees fired by Kline?

Grump 7 years ago

The one thing Kline can always be counted on doing is overplaying his hand and going bust. Kline's involvement in the investigation will eventually be Morrison's salvation.

Centrist 7 years ago

"" Phil!!! you da' man ""

Huh?

WTF is wrong with you Kline-lovers?

You think this guy is actually good?

Wow ... I bet you all bought William Hung's CDs too ...

Crossfire 7 years ago

I predict Klline will file at least 107 felony charges in this case.

pace 7 years ago

While the boys dance, the state attorney's generals' office ?

jumpin_catfish 7 years ago

This is getting good, can't for more mud slinging. Down and dirty, lets get it on.

Redneckgal 7 years ago

What a friggin circus this will be. I bet ol Phil is about to cre@m his prissy little pants.

average 7 years ago

I don't know why Morrison hasn't stepped aside already. Sebelius has a well qualified and fairly palatable replacement in Chris Biggs. Morrison is already so much chum in the water... cut him loose.

jumpin_catfish 7 years ago

Hey all you "disappointed democrats, ha ha ha ha ha! Faith in either political party is just dumb. They're both corrupt and we all know it.

conservativepunker 7 years ago

Sweet. Let Morrison feel the investigative heat. Turn about is fairplay.

Sigmund 7 years ago

"Politicians I Admire" by Sigmund. The End.

Alfred_W 7 years ago

Morrison:

You can take the AG out of the GOP, but you can't take the GOP out of the AG

:)

classclown 7 years ago

Many people have questioned how there can be sexual harassment when there was a two year consensual affair. On the surface I have to agree. However, let me throw out a "what if?".

What if the affair had ended and at some point afterward he persisted in trying to bed her when she made it clear she no longer wanted anything to do with him sexually? I'm not saying that actually happened mind you, just making a supposition. Would the fact that she once had a consensual affair with him absolve him of any and all future acts?

To put things in perspective, I've been married several years. My wife has willingly had sex with me many times in our marriage. Now suppose one day I'm feeling randy and she isn't in the mood but I force her to do it. By law, that is rape. The fact that she willfully engaged in sexual encounters with me during the course of our marriage would not absolve me of the fact.

Sexual harassment involves unwanted sexual attention which may be the key here. If their affair had ended and she no longer welcomed his advances, then he should be guilty or sexual harassment had he continued to hit on her should he not?

I'm not a legal expert so I don't know a person can be harassed at some point after consensual relations have taken place. Nor do I have all the facts so I AM NOT stating that this is how it went down, just making an example.

So the question the the legal experts out there, can sexual harassment via unwanted sexual attention legally occur at any point after a consensual affair took place? Are there any other instances that sexual harassment can occur after such an affair or would the affair absolve someone from any future claims regardless of the circumstances?

yourworstnightmare 7 years ago

That Morrison trounced Kline in the election just shows what a loser Kline is.

Kline is tainted with righteous indignation and politically-motivated witch hunts.

I repeat: this loser Morrison trounced Kline in the election. Morrison trounced Kline in the election.

Kline is a loser.

Sigmund 7 years ago

"So the question the the legal experts out there, can sexual harassment via unwanted sexual attention legally occur at any point after a consensual affair took place?"

Yes, of course. Consent once does not constitute consent forever.

Sigmund 7 years ago

bearded_gnome, what is wrong with Morrison asking Carter to write letters on behalf of the eight former employees fired by Kline?"

Nothing, however Carter apparently alledges more.

"In the midst of her relationship with Morrison, the attorney general repeatedly tried to coerce Carter to write letters on behalf of eight former Morrison colleagues who filed a wrongful termination lawsuit in U.S. District Court against Kline, according to Carter's statement." http://cjonline.com/stories/120807/bre_morrisonscandal.shtml

Coercion implies Morrison just wouldn't take her "No" for an answer. Carter also accused Morrison of threatening to ruin her career to the point where she wouldn't be able to work again in Kansas government.

You have to ask yourself, if Morrison hadn't switched parties so he could run against Kline for AG and if he still had a "R" behind his name would you still defend him?

oldgranny 7 years ago

Kansas: As back word as Arkansas, As crooked as New Jersey. I think whatever dignity our state had left is done.

sunflowerks54 7 years ago

It is ironic that Phil Kline was "elected" by who knows who to take over as Johnson County DA Also interesting that there was a recent investigation and he doesn't really live in Johnson County, but in Topeka and doesn't keep regular office hours. (TV5 investigation). Now he is after Morrison and Kobach , who ran against Moore, is in on this also. He was also investigated after the last election. What short memories we all have! As a former resident of Douglas County, and now living in Johnson County, I think Charles Branson should handle the investigation. He seems to be the only one without any skeletons in his closet.

JayCat_67 7 years ago

Anyone else here find the headline amusing. I mean really... "Special Prosecutor appointed to investigate Morrison allegations" probably wouldn't have sparked as much interest, but KLINE hiring the SP to TARGET Morrison... OOooooh, Juicy. I just had to read... OK, just an observation.

Uhlrick_Hetfield_III 7 years ago

This is a blast watching the two alpha males of the Republican Party go at it yet again. If only Governor Roundheels hadn't invited Morrison to soil the democratic Party, it would be perfect.

Uhlrick_Hetfield_III 7 years ago

I believe that Morrison's wife called up Kline to apologize for appearing in a commercial critical of Kline's allegations of sexual harassment. Right now, I'm betting that the only reason Morrison hasn't resigned is that he needs the money for his divorce, and the office for a place to sleep.

oldgranny 7 years ago

Hey righty 2 years ago when that affair started Mr. Morrison was a republican was he not?

I don't think the affair itself was a right/left thing. I think it was another dumb male thinking with the wrong part of his body thing.

When will males that hold political office ever learn? Females have claws and they aren't afraid to use them.

Bobo Fleming 7 years ago

You do realize I hope that Kline as DA has every right to request KBI assistance in the investigation. Since the KBI reports to the AG it sets up a conflict. The AG is the chief law enforcement officer in the state. County Attys and DA's look to his office for advise and assistance. The KBI reports to the AG's office. The longer this goes on the harder it will be for Morrison to stay in office. For instance the KBI director who meets with Morrison on a regular basis will be getting reports on the investigation of Morrison from KBI officers that the director supervises. All you Dem lug nuts and Rep lug nuts and pro abortion and antil abortion lug nuts dont care about any of this but this is getting sticky and Morrison brought it all on himself. Kiline didnt make him get in the sack with Carter or buy the ring or get the tatoo ect. So face it, Morrison needs to go. Appoint Biggs or some other qualified Dem, I dont care but stop blaming this on Kline because only Morrison could have made it happen.

Sigmund 7 years ago

sunflowerks54 "Also interesting that there was a recent investigation and he doesn't really live in Johnson County, but in Topeka and doesn't keep regular office hours. (TV5 investigation)."

The requirement for Johnson County DA is to maintain a "residence" in Johnson County, which Kline does. There is no requirement that he have no other residences outside the county and I don't believe that it even be his "primary" residence. There is also no requirement that the DA spend even one hour in the office.

I think the best the Democrats can hope for now is that two more Republican will switch parties and run against Kline and Morrison in the next election.

BlackVelvet 7 years ago

At least Morrison hasn't uttered the phrase "I did not have sex with that woman"....

yankeelady 7 years ago

I agree that Morrison should step down. Put Chris Biggs in and move on. Oldgranny has it right, another dumb male thinking with the wrong body part. You can't hide that sort of behavior. If you want to fool around, best not to be married. It has nothing to do with politics, just dumb male behavior. And arrogance to think it won't be discovered.

Uhlrick_Hetfield_III 7 years ago

Right on Yankeelady. A real Democrat holding a Democratic office. How original.

Can anyone on here, right, or left, give me a downside to Chris Biggs? An excellent prosecutor currently involved in tackling white collar crime. He should have run this last time while Morrison led the cheering section and waited his turn.

When Morrison steps down, presuming he doesn't drag the entire party down with him by staying on, one can only hope that's who Governor Roundheels appoints instead of one of her Republicrat cronies that no honest citizen wants.

Sigmund 7 years ago

There is a lot more here than just "lawyers in lust" extra marital sex. There are serious allegations and replacing Morrison as AG doesn't make that go away, The ramifications of replacing Morrison are a bit sticky.

Morrison's bar license is and his livelihood are in jeopardy (I'll take McDonald's Management Opportunities for $50, Alex) , marriage and relationship with his kids ruined, Let's not forget all the money Dr. Tiller and Planned Parenthood donated to Morrison's campaign. The new AG will not be beholding to Morrison's past campaign contributors,

Morrison will not step down there is nothing in it for him. I doubt he feels any more loyalty to the Democrats than he did for Republicans, or for Linda Carter than his current wife and kids.

BlackVelvet 7 years ago

YankeeLady said: "You can't hide that sort of behavior. If you want to fool around, best not to be married. "

Yup...and that woman has no responsibility in the matter at all. It's all the MAN'S fault!

Sigmund 7 years ago

beobachter (Anonymous) says:It seems that all is needed for Morrison's downfall is what could be a very vindictive woman's allegations?

That and his alleged illegal acts and lack of moral character, admissions of adultery, and shifting loyalties whenever it was convenient for his career.

Sigmund 7 years ago

beobachter (Anonymous) "maybe they do. The reason, conman is that the president is a total incompetent lying a&&hole. Think about that. Meanwhile conman, nice to see you and kevin snuck back in. Things were little slow and boring without your ignorant posting."

Confronted with facts that contradict his ideology, beobachter lashes out with personal attacks and unsupported rantings. It is good to be back and look for my LJW Blog coming soon!

justthefacts 7 years ago

Class clown, in answer to your earlier question concerning whether it is legally possible to sexually harass someone with whom you only have a social relationship; the answer is no. For sexual harassment to be actionable in the legal and civil sense (not rape or attempted rape) it has to occur within the context of a "special" relationship where one person is in a position of power (no pun in intended). The usual circumstances are in the work arena or educational.

If you want a quick and easy tutorial on LEGALLY actionable sexual harassment (i.e. if you want to learn - which I encourage) check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sexual_h...

What sexual harassment is NOT is someone having a sexual interest in someone else. For instance, a neighbor who leers at his/her neighbor every day cannot be sued for sexual harassment! Thank God. Rape, assault, battery, stalking....go further. And are criminal as well as civilly actionable.

Sigmund 7 years ago

Just to be clear, that Linda consented to sex is NOT a defense to sexual harassment.

"Citing the EEOC's Guidelines, the Court said the gravamen of a sexual harassment claim is that the alleged sexual advances were "unwelcome." 106 S. Ct. at 2406. Therefore, "the fact that sex-related conduct was 'voluntary,' in the sense that the complainant was not forced to participate against her will, is not a defense to a sexual harassment suit brought under Title VII." http://www.eeoc.gov/policy/docs/currentissues.html

Nor must Linda have complained about it at the time, although "the charging party's claim will be considerably strengthened if she made a contemporaneous complaint or protest," it is NOT required. http://www.eeoc.gov/policy/docs/currentissues.html

In Vinson, the Supreme Court made clear that voluntary submission to sexual conduct will not necessarily defeat a claim of sexual harassment. http://www.eeoc.gov/policy/docs/currentissues.html

"A more difficult situation occurs when an employee first willingly participates in conduct of a sexual nature but then ceases to participate and claims that any continued sexual conduct has created a hostile work environment. Here the employee has the burden of showing that any further sexual conduct is unwelcome, work-related harassment. The employee must clearly notify the alleged harasser that his conduct is no longer welcome.12 If the conduct still continues, her failure to bring the matter to the attention of higher management or the EEOC is evidence, though not dispositive, that any continued conduct is, in fact, welcome or unrelated to work." http://www.eeoc.gov/policy/docs/currentissues.html

So the sex and be voluntary, consensual, and even willing and still be sexual harassment. It is the "welcomeness" that is the issue! Welcome to the rabbit hole that is EEOC and the Wonderland that is the Supreme Court and Constitutional Law.

bearded_gnome 7 years ago

thanks for covering that question Sigmund. yes, coersion means blackmail or threats...not good at all. also, if memory serves, she was in charge of admin in the office under Kline, thus hadconfidential personnel matters under her perview. if her allegations are correct, morrison was asking that the confidentiality be broken, that the position she was in hit a conflict of interest, and that she use her position to oppose her own boss. unethical, and illegal.


did morrison get a heart tatooed with "lc" in it, and then did he only have sex with his wife in the dark after that?

why is morrison even still in office now? Sigmund is right, Morrison doesn't demonstrate much loyalty to anybody but himself. when will his wife divorce him? her apology to kline very interesting.

the lurid story indicated that linda carter paid for the rooms where she and the morrison tristed...was he worth that?

Unaffiliated 7 years ago

If you will visit with some Kansas attorneys, they will tell you that in the State of Kansas an attorney must take a consecrated vow that makes them above reproach.. My understanding is that if a client, employee or even someone on the street were to sexually come on to a Kansas attorney, it would be that attorney's duty to walk away. Paul Morrison did not walk away from his friend, his employee or a person on the street. He decided to play! A big "no no" for a Kansas attorney according to Stanton Hazlett and his office. But when it comes right down to the "nitty gritty" would Hazlett and company do anything more than slap the hand of the "tuff" Kansas lawyer that got caught? After all, they are part of the "good ole boys network"! Linda Carter was a victim of Morrison's game. When people engage with attorneys, doctors, ministers, etc.; they let their guards down and become vulnerable. Even if Carter came on to Morrison, he should have walked away. He was her superior; he is a Kansas attorney; and he is wrong! His ego is getting in the way! Perhaps Morrison believes that Stanton Hazlett and his little militia of the same sinister corruption can protect him. But only for a while. Mr. Morrison, it is time to face reality. Your time is up. Resign!

Sigmund 7 years ago

Spywell forgot that Phil Kline is Carl Rove, Dick Cheney is an alien, and that the Black Helicopters in his room were made by Haliburton.

Sigmund 7 years ago

Spywell seems like Morrison was on Carter's back, not Kline. But don't let the lack of evidence constrain you in constructing your elaborate fantasy. I am sure the true believers will swallow every word without the slightest hesitation.

bearded_gnome 7 years ago

ship; the answer is no. For sexual harassment to be actionable in the legal and civil sense (not rape or attempted rape) it has to occur within the context of a "special" relationship where one person is in a position of power (no pun in intended). The usual circumstances are in the work arena or educational.

If you want a quick and easy tutorial on legally actionable sexual harassment (i.e. if you want to learn - which I encourage) check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sexual_ i.e. intern and president...she saved the dress with the "presidue" on it as evidence.

youngitized 7 years ago

In no way am I condoning what Morrison did, however de-Kline is more of a skunk than Morrison is. The one question that seems to be bothering me is what about you conservatives who still stand behind hypocrite Newt Gingrich. Why are you so partisan? It should be if a man cheats on his wife, it is wrong. With that said the chance of knowing all the facts of this case will not happen because of de-Kline.

thoughtpolice 7 years ago

Oh, this is great. Morrison defeats Kline. Kline fires the Morrison people in the DA's office. Morrison tosses out Kline's case against the abortion doc. Kline targets Morrison with a special prosecutor. What's next?

Kansas hasn't looked this good since the intelligent design debate.

Godot 7 years ago

Could be that Kline has the next best thing to a stained blue dress: a stained executive chair.

Godot 7 years ago

My take on this is that Morrison wanted Carter to write letters to the staff members apologizing for her involvement in their dismissals, and she refused. In other words, Morrison wanted her to lie; her refusal made Morrison very angry; the relationship went up one, down two, on and off, from there.

I still want to know when Carter left her employment as administrator for Johnson Co DA, and why.

Godot 7 years ago

The chair would be an "official duty" issue.

Godot 7 years ago

I do not understand why Morrison defeated Chris Biggs in the primary. I registered as a Democrat prior to the primary just so I could vote for Biggs. What was up with the Dems dumping a guy like Biggs for Morrison, anyway?

Godot 7 years ago

Had gov sebelius acted like a leader when this blew on Sunday, there would be no need for her to "save" the situation now. sebelius is the "victim governor." Just in case there are those out there who do not know the difference, that is a bad thing.

Sigmund 7 years ago

Spywell, explaining Carters behaviour is easy, just read the Capital Journal article. She was led on by Morrison to the point she left her husband and then Paul backed out of the deal. http://www.cjonline.com/stories/120907/sta_224057474.shtml

When she threatened to go public if he didn't follow through with his promises the AG began a campaign of blackmail and telephone harassment.

"On Thursday, Johnson County Commissioners gave permission to Kline to select a special prosecutor to investigate what he called blackmail and telephone harassment."

No need for Carl Rove, aliens, or Black Helicopters(tm) to explain this at all.

Sigmund 7 years ago

For those wishing Gov Kathy to save the State from embarrassment, exactly what can she do? The AG is the highest elected law enforcement officer in the State of Kansas. The AG isn't an appointment that can be forced to resign.

storm 7 years ago

From bad, there is some good - the distraction of the woman scorned and the resignation of her gentleman, will postpone the war against women's health facilities.

Godot 7 years ago

Sigmund, it appears that Sebelius finally did to the right thing; ergo, Morrison's resignation.

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