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Morrison’s mistress says she didn’t leak affair

December 18, 2007

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— The attorney representing the woman whose sexual harassment allegations toppled Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison said Monday he doesn't know who leaked her statement to the media.

"It absolutely was not from us," said Brian Russell, the Lawrence attorney who represents Linda Carter. "We are disappointed that somebody who ethically and professionally should be looking out to protect the confidentiality of a complainant's complaint didn't."

Carter said she had a two-year extramarital affair with Morrison and accused him of sexual harassment and trying to use her to spy on his nemesis, Johnson County District Attorney Phill Kline, according to reports.

Morrison admitted to having the affair but denied harassing her or breaching his professional ethics as a lawyer.

But as several investigations into the matter started to gear up, Morrison announced Friday he was resigning from office, effective Jan. 31.

His downfall started Dec. 9 when the Topeka Capital-Journal reported that Carter had filed a federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against Morrison. And the story referred to a signed statement by Carter that detailed their affair.

The paper never has said where it got the information.

Carter had been director of administration for Morrison when he was Johnson County district attorney. When Morrison defeated Kline in 2006 for attorney general, Kline was chosen by Johnson County Republicans to fill Morrison's unexpired term, so Carter then worked for Kline.

Several days after the Capital-Journal report, Harris News Service reported that Carter had told Kline about her relationship with Morrison, and that an investigator from Kline's office took sworn testimony from her on Nov. 1. She left her job in Kline's office on Nov. 30. Harris News also has not revealed the source of its information.

Both news organizations have also reported that Carter said Morrison called her 22 times one day, threatening to try to destroy her effort to get a job in another state.

Carter's attorney, Russell, declined to speculate on who might have leaked information to the news organizations. He said he was upset the information became public.

"We never did anything to get this handled in public," he said.

"Any signed statement from her would have been given with the absolute expectation that it would have been held in confidence," he said.

Kline's spokesman Brian Burgess said the office would not comment on the situation.

Records concerning the case could be in several offices. In addition to the federal EEOC complaint, Morrison has asked for an investigation into himself by the agency that monitors lawyers.

And Kline has received permission from Johnson County commissioners to hire a special prosecutor to investigate allegations concerning threatening phone calls and blackmail.

Comments

RonaldWilson 7 years ago

What? Looks like Morrison's plan to interfere with an ongoing criminal investigation backfired in his face. Who cares how the media heard about it? Isn't the media supposed to tell us about these things? If someone alledged wrongdoing against Phill Kline and it was kept cofidential away from the media, they and the rest of the lefties would have a friggin' cow. Enlighten me bozo, what did Kline do in this case except try to prevent his office from being infiltrated by moles? Why do you think he fired eight people when he took office? He knew Morrison would try to derail his investigation into Planned Parenthood and abortion providers in general. That's the only reason Morrison became AG. He was hand picked by Tiller and it was financed with proceeds from abortions.

sailboat44 7 years ago

Nice try, Linda, but some of us know different and the truth will come out. You, Phill and Tim make for quite an item.

RonaldWilson 7 years ago

"...Morrison will be working for a lot of money at some fancy law firm..."

Not without a law license. Unless the janitorial staff is really well compensated, and they hire convicts on work-release.

Phillbert 7 years ago

Under what circumstances did she think Phill Kline would not use this information? If it involves sex, Phill is all over it.

Of course, it would have been nice to know LAST WEEK that Phill Kline's top staff members:

  1. Conducted the questioning of Ms. Carter;
  2. Wrote up the summary of that questioning; and
  3. Leaked it to Tim Carpenter of the Topeka Capital-Journal, who then failed to disclose any of this context.

But, of course, the media was too busy finding out if Morrison had a tattoo or not to actually report facts that might have let the public make a decision as to whether to believe this information based on its source.

RonaldWilson 7 years ago

Liberals! Read My Lips!

This isn't about Sex!!

sdinges 7 years ago

RonaldWilson is right. This isn't about sex. This is about revenge.

ksdivakat 7 years ago

FYI.....Morrison "resigned" he didnt lose his law license, and, I have it on very good athority, that the exidence that is against Morrison about him calling her 22 times a day and wanting her to spy on kline has all been recorded! Or at least a great number of the calls have been recorded. Why else would Morrison step down?? It sure wasnt cause he was afraid it would "mar" the AG office...thats for sure! So I do believe that there is sufficient evidence and thats gonna come out in the courts. Also interesting is how Tillers money put Morrison in office, and isnt it ironic that when Morrison files multiple charges against Tiller then this scandal comes out.....something that makes you go "hummm"

sdinges 7 years ago

So your conclusion, ksdivakat, is that the abortion mafia is behind it all?

headdoctor 7 years ago

RonaldWilson (Anonymous) says:

":Morrison will be working for a lot of money at some fancy law firm:"

Not without a law license. Unless the janitorial staff is really well compensated, and they hire convicts on work-release.


Surly you jest. The only Lawyers that lose their license are the really bad liars or the ones that are dumber than the rest. The Disiplinary Administrater is nothing more than an office of thieves watching over a bunch of thieves. If they even bother they will probably send one of Morrisons Frat buddies to do the investigation.

Godot 7 years ago

An unbiased headline would read, "Woman who alleges harrassment denies leak."

ksdivakat 7 years ago

sdinges....I simply stated that its an interesting fact that the times coincide with each other......very interesting indeed!

RonaldWilson 7 years ago

Headdoctor,

I stand corrected. I forgot for a moment we are dealing with lawyers. But, if he's convicted of a crime, even they might see fit to take his ticket.

staff04 7 years ago

So Godot, now you're claiming that she was NOT his mistress?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years ago

The article was about the leak, which certainly appears to be Kline's handiwork.

I think Morrison and Kline should be locked in a room together for a few weeks so they can settle things.

Godot 7 years ago

staff04, apparently she always picked up the tab. I would guess that makes Morrison her "gigolo."

headdoctor 7 years ago

RonaldWilson (Anonymous) says:

Headdoctor,

I stand corrected. I forgot for a moment we are dealing with lawyers. But, if he's convicted of a crime, even they might see fit to take his ticket.


Don't be to hard on yourself. I was an optimist once upon a time. That was before several run ins with the modern oxymoron known as the Legal System. I supose Lawyers serve a purpose but they shall always in my mind remain as nothing more than a piece of debris.

Uhlrick_Hetfield_III 7 years ago

Who cares? What is this, the third grade where there's some expectation that if someone knows something they won't tattle?

This is a silly article. The press is supposed to do exactly what the Cap-Journal. This paper used to do it during the Graves administration back when they had Dave Ranney and Mike Shields and actually allowed Rothschild the latitude to dig stuff like this up.

Simons still does it when he's PO'd. His series on the KU Hospital rip-off is an example.

As for the source, assuming it was Kline, so what? Morrison was involved in projects that were designed to make Kline look like a fool, or worse, in his abortion clinic investigations.

There's no story here, let's take the scenario we all "know" happened. Kline leaked the bad news to the Cap-Journal. So what, you were expecting a Christmas gift exchange between these two combatants? Move on, there's more interesting stuff out there than this.

staff04 7 years ago

I hear you Godot, but "Gigolo's Jane denies leak" just seems a little clumsy for print, unless it is in the Enquirer or NY Post--I'm sure you'll disagree with your bias paranoia, but I don't think the LJW is on that level yet...

Centrist 7 years ago

Fabulous Phill lives in Topeka (not Johnson Co as he technically claims, by renting a room in Spring Hill).

The Capital-Journal is in Topeka.

Do the math.

And Morrison is a fool for being in the affair with that hag to begin with. He ruined a potentially promising political career.

Now .. how to get rid of Phill ?

RonaldWilson 7 years ago

Why get rid of Phill? What has he done? What law has he broken?

RonaldWilson 7 years ago

"...And Morrison is a fool for being in the affair with that hag to begin with. He ruined a potentially promising political career."

Nice...

Hag???

You sound like the Clinton Bimbo Eruption team. Demonize the girl that exposes the low morals of the man. Do you know Linda Carter? I don't and have seen no evidence that she is a hag. She is an adulterer, but has slightly redeemed herself by stopping the affair and refusing to spy for Paul.

kneejerkreaction 7 years ago

Aren't complaints such as hers public knowledge?

Phillbert 7 years ago

"Why get rid of Phill? What has he done? What law has he broken?"


KSA 22a-103:

(d) In the event that any district attorney changes residence outside of the judicial district from which elected, such district attorney shall promptly resign from such office as district attorney. If such district attorney fails to resign, such district attorney shall be subject to removal from office as provided by law.


Or do you really think he lives in that tiny room above the storage facility in Stilwell?

Centrist 7 years ago

RW, check this out ..

http://www.kctv5.com/investigations/14699737/detail.html

I know that KCTV5 isn't perfect, but you have to question his ethics. He's always been sneaky, underhanded and clearly on a crusade. And in my opinion, yeah, he's breaking the law, or at least bending it. At best, he's abusing it for his own political and financial advantage.

I don't care who you vote for .. sometimes the people on your own team are bad news.

Centrist 7 years ago

Yep, a hag.

Why? Because she spoke to Morrison's adversary instead of keeping it a private, civil matter.

Must be something about the name Linda, I dunno.

kneejerkreaction 7 years ago

Morrison's mistress? Some mistress. Maybe ex-mistress would be a better headline.

Centrist 7 years ago

... exactly, Ramirez, exactly ... well said.

RedwoodCoast 7 years ago

Morals schmorals. Just because someone violates one particular "moral code", it doesn't mean that they travel with all their morals in the same suitcase. It seems like every year, a couple politicians or national leaders get popped for this sort of thing. Sometimes they even act like they have the moral highground, much like Ted Haggard or Larry Craig. But just because they give into sexual desire doesn't mean that they're unfit for public office. It's funny that many on the "moral right" are the ones preaching scorn, yet they seem to be over-represented in these types of scandals. One would think that they would realize that their moral correctness is actually hurting their politics!

jtrain 7 years ago

I told you Paul, you have to give Kathy money like I did. Truckloads of money. Then she is your best friend. I gave you money. Why didn't you give Kathy some of it? She could have made this whole thing go away. I was killing Down Syndrome girls and half born babies at the same time and she made that go away. Did you listen? No, you spent your money on tramp stamps and skank rings and didn't give any to Sebelius. No one can save you now, sorry buddy. Your friend and campaign supporter, George Tiller

bunnyhawk 7 years ago

How quick we forget! Morrison is only a Democrat of convenience...........not conviction. We've got two Republicans making a soap opera out of our State's central legal authority insteak of taking care of the business of government.

Whose fault??? YOURS! What did you expect from a turncoat???

Ceallach 7 years ago

Morrison does not belong in either the Democratic or Republican parties. His loyalties are squarely placed in whatever he wants at the time . . just ask his wife. He should be labeled as either a Paulblican or a Morrisocrat.

As everyone bashes Linda Carter, you might remember that Carter was not the one to whom voters placed their trust, it was Paulblican Morrisocrat.

RonaldWilson 7 years ago

Phillbert (Anonymous) says:

"Why get rid of Phill? What has he done? What law has he broken?"

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KSA 22a-103:

(d) In the event that any district attorney changes residence outside of the judicial district from which elected, such district attorney shall promptly resign from such office as district attorney. If such district attorney fails to resign, such district attorney shall be subject to removal from office as provided by law.

-

Or do you really think he lives in that tiny room above the storage facility in Stilwell?


Note: It says "changes residence".

Note also: It says "elected".

That law does not apply to an appointed DA. I sure there are special arangements for midterm appointees.

RonaldWilson 7 years ago

Centrist (Anonymous) says:

Yep, a hag.

Why? Because she spoke to Morrison's adversary instead of keeping it a private, civil matter.

Must be something about the name Linda, I dunno.


Morrison's adversary was her Boss, you dolt! If someone asked her to sabotage him, she better damned let him know or she's going to the joint, too!

RonaldWilson 7 years ago

Mr_Ramirez (Anonymous) says:

"Carter said she had a two-year extramarital affair with Morrison and accused him of sexual harassment "

How do you have a 2 year affair and then accuse someone of sexual harassment???

SKANK !


When they try to use that relationship to get you to break the law!!!

RonaldWilson 7 years ago

bunnyhawk (Anonymous) says:

How quick we forget! Morrison is only a Democrat of convenience:::..not conviction. We've got two Republicans making a soap opera out of our State's central legal authority insteak of taking care of the business of government.

Whose fault??? YOURS! What did you expect from a turncoat???


That's what a Republican becomes when he abandons his convictions.... a Democrat.

BTW, this is the business of government, prosecuting law-breakers and exposing the corrupt.

ebyrdstarr 7 years ago

Ronald Wilson wrote:

KSA 22a-103:

(d) In the event that any district attorney changes residence outside of the judicial district from which elected, such district attorney shall promptly resign from such office as district attorney. If such district attorney fails to resign, such district attorney shall be subject to removal from office as provided by law.

-

Or do you really think he lives in that tiny room above the storage facility in Stilwell?


Note: It says "changes residence".

Note also: It says "elected".

That law does not apply to an appointed DA. I sure there are special arangements for midterm appointees.


The statute goes on to state that any DA appointed under this statute must meet the qualifications one would meet to be elected. To run for DA, K.S.A. 22a-102 requires the candidate to be an elector of the judicial district. Which means to be the DA in Johnson County whether by election or midterm appointment, you've got to live in Johnson County.

RonaldWilson 7 years ago

ebyrdstarr,

As it has been stated, the man maintains an apartment in Johnson County. That satisfies the legal requirement. It's not like he's a stranger to Johnson County. He does not dislike the county. If this is the best you can get on him, great. He's truly a man of integrity. He just doesn't want to move his family again. That's his right. They are not required to live in Johnson County. Besides, have you tried to sell a house, lately? It's murder. I tried to sell one of mine and they're just not moving right now.

ebyrdstarr 7 years ago

Ronald Wilson:

I said nothing about Phill Kline. I was just correcting your incorrect assumption about the statutory requirements. You surmised that an appointed DA did not have to live in the county. All I did was point out that by law, he does.

Dixie Jones 7 years ago

quick someone call marions wife i think she might of ran over him with the VW again.. he hasnt commented on this or the teacher story today ,,, somethings wrong... man these arent as fun with him around.......((goes out the door yelling marion whereeeeee areeeee youuuuuuu????)

dirkleisure 7 years ago

Funny truth - the true believers want us to think Phill is meeting the requirement of residency by renting an apartment in Stillwell. They want us to think he is not required to actually reside in Johnson County.

Trouble is, he is actually required to garage his vehicle for 90 days in order to register his vehicle there. Obviously, he is not doing that. He is parking his vehicle in Shawnee County at night. Is Phill Kline driving with plates that say SN or JO? Because if they say JO, he is defrauding Shawene and Johnson Counties and the State of Kansas.

It is funny, election law is apparently far more lax than the laws governing vehicle registration. That makes a ton of sense, eh?

kneejerkreaction 7 years ago

The headline sounds as if there were some kinky showers going on.

justthefacts 7 years ago

The residency requirements for elected officers exists for fewer and fewer officials, local, state or federal. The one exception remains law makers = the policy of requiring the person to reside among their constituents appears to be one that is still strongly supported. However, when it comes to prosecutors, or local officials, there are quite a few county attorneys who do NOT live in the county they represent (or at least do not reside in the county seat). The laws that require such residency originally were adopted when travel was more of a problem/difficulty. However, I am fairly sure if anyone did an indepth study of lawmakers, county commissioners, city officials, and other individuals elected in Kansas, one would find a huge number of people who have "sham" addresses adopted only for the purpose of qualifying for a particular office. It has become so common that it rarely makes anyone even lift an eyebrow, let alone merit media attention. Unless of course the person involved is someone like PK who appears to garner extra scrutiny.

RonaldWilson 7 years ago

ebyrdstarr (Anonymous) says:

Ronald Wilson:

I said nothing about Phill Kline. I was just correcting your incorrect assumption about the statutory requirements. You surmised that an appointed DA did not have to live in the county. All I did was point out that by law, he does.


Word. My bad.

RonaldWilson 7 years ago

justthefacts (Anonymous) says:

"The residency requirements for elected officers exists for fewer and fewer officials, local, state or federal. The one exception remains law makers = the policy of requiring the person to reside among their constituents appears to be one that is still strongly supported. However, when it comes to prosecutors, or local officials, there are quite a few county attorneys who do NOT live in the county they represent (or at least do not reside in the county seat). The laws that require such residency originally were adopted when travel was more of a problem/difficulty. However, I am fairly sure if anyone did an indepth study of lawmakers, county commissioners, city officials, and other individuals elected in Kansas, one would find a huge number of people who have "sham" addresses adopted only for the purpose of qualifying for a particular office. It has become so common that it rarely makes anyone even lift an eyebrow, let alone merit media attention. Unless of course the person involved is someone like PK who appears to garner extra scrutiny."


Yeah! What he said.

Confrontation 7 years ago

It's interesting to see how many people bash Morrison, but not the douche with whom he was having the affair. They are both disgusting pigs.

RonaldWilson 7 years ago

its_getting_warmer (Anonymous) says:

It is one thing to read statutory interpretations 101 by Ronald Wilson, and watch his mistaken notions be corrected. And it may be fun to debate what "residency" actually means, but when I read Mr. Wilson's statement about Kline: "He's truly a man of integrity" I have to restrain myself from vomiting. Mr. Wilson obviously did not work around the Kline I have known for a dozen years, or watch his schemes, or listen to him make boldface lies, as I watched him do."


More empty accusations from the twisted, intolerant left. I asked if he has broken any laws and the only response was a residency issue. If he's not a man of integrity, prove it. Otherwise, quit the slander campaign.

BigAl 7 years ago

And let's not forget, the "red" state of Kansas elected Morrison over Kline in a landslide.

BigAl 7 years ago

It is pretty obvious that RonaldWilson is obsessed with Paul Morrison.

bugmenot 7 years ago

Headdoctor, I think your statement's more than a little uncalled for. There are many, many, many more good lawyers than dirty ones. To throw everyone in an entire profession into one boat and condemn them as "debris" is pretty uncalled for. Oh well, given how you seem to lack even a rudimentary grasp of capitalization rules, I'm sure you say these things because you're just not that bright.

jtrain 7 years ago

Funny eBay listing: Become the Next Attorney General of Kansas. Hilarious. Search Attorney General on eBay.

Godot 7 years ago

The "news" in this article is the fact that the reporter found out nothing: his source does not know who leaked the information to competitor news outlets. The rest is a rehash of what the other news outlets reported over the weekend.

Godot 7 years ago

News is something we do not already know. The rest is "olds".

justthefacts 7 years ago

Has anyone considered that L.C.'s cuckolded husband might have known about her filing the sexual harassment case against Morrison, and alerted the Topeka press? While the EEOC can't release the facts in a complaint, the person complaining can and so can the person complained about. It's highly unlikely that Morrison released the info. So that leaves the person making the complaint. Or anyone she told about it. .So whom do you think she told about the complaint she made? Her husband would have a good motive, I'd think.

Now if/when she files a petition starting a case in federal court, that document will be open to everyone who wants a copy of it (unless a judge allows it to be closed).

Godot 7 years ago

Cuckold. Excellent observation.

Headline should have read: "Morrison's co-cuckolder says she didn't leak affair."

That is quite fair.

Godot 7 years ago

gee, Scott and John, admit it when you got scooped.

RonaldWilson 7 years ago

Why are you all so obsessed with who leaked a document? Aren't you lefties glad you found out you had a corrupt AG before he really did some damage? Are you telling me Kline should have kept quiet (if it was Kline) and let Morrison get away with spying on his investigations? Is that what you would have your AG do in the future, possibly a Republican? You are all so invested in protecting this scumbag, or getting Phill Kline, that you have shown you don't really care about the law or right and wrong. It's all political. The left will protect a Charles Manson if he votes Democrat.

BigAl 7 years ago

RonaldWilson's obssession continues......

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