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Lawmakers want ethics case on ex-Kansas AG Phill Kline to end

March 11, 2011


— Kansas legislators who oppose abortion say a state panel should drop a professional ethics case against former Attorney General Phill Kline.

Several dozen of them from both the House and Senate say an ethics complaint against Kline over his past investigations of abortion clinics is unwarranted.

But House Minority Leader Paul Davis, a Lawrence Democrat and abortion rights supporter, says legislators shouldn't interfere.

Kline was attorney general from 2003 to 2007 and Johnson County district attorney from 2007 to 2009. The complaint accuses him and subordinates of mishandling abortion patients' medical records and misleading other state officials.

Kline strongly disputes the allegations. One round of hearings before a three-member panel of a state disciplinary board ended earlier this month, but another round is set for July.


consumer1 7 years, 2 months ago

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rbwaa 7 years, 2 months ago

what does that matter? i am pro-choice but that doesn't mean i would choose to have an abortion.

BigPrune 7 years, 2 months ago

that's like saying, i don't believe little kids should have the crap beat out of them by their parents, but if they choose to do so, you don't have a problem with it.

imastinker 7 years, 2 months ago

I would like just one of these people that are supporting all this to just admit that SOME of the stuff Kline was investigating was warranted. Performing abortions on underage minors without reporting to the proper authorities is wrong. plain and simple. It appears Kline did some stuff wrong too - but this whole thing is a big witch hunt.

imastinker 7 years, 2 months ago

I never said it was ok or that he should be forgiven.

That said, some of the stuff he was looking at needed investigating and it got forgotten about for political reasons when Morrison took over. Minors shouldn't be getting abortions without the case being reported to the authorities.

imastinker 7 years, 2 months ago

Maybe I should clarify better. Kline should have had access to the records becuase abortion records should have been treated just like any other medical records. The laws regarding those records are different and it's not OK that he broke the law. Both sides are guilty of Witch hunts on this one.

madameX 7 years, 2 months ago

When you say not reporting abortions performed on minors is "wrong" do you mean that it's actually illegal or that you think it's morally wrong?

MyName 7 years, 2 months ago

That's funny because not only did the judge throw out his entire case, but the next two AGs decided they didn't have enough of a case to move forward. Kline's investigation was a fishing expedition that was done so badly he ended up breaking the law and could still find nothing.

So no, I don't think one of "these people" should admit to whatever it is you're wanting them to admit to. Just like I expect Phill Kline to be sanctioned before the end of all of this.

vuduchyld 7 years, 2 months ago

I'm not sure I am following you. Are you saying that it is OK for Kline to break the law if only he could prove that he was investigating something legitimate?

Taken to logical conclusions, that sets a precedent for an INCREDIBLY dangerous use of gevernment power.

BrianR 7 years, 2 months ago

If they did a Rep. Peter King-style witch hunt on Christian extremists, this is the group they would be investigating along with the militant anti choice wackos in the streets. I'm sure they can find space in the prisons for them.

kansasredlegs 7 years, 2 months ago

I also believe the ethics inquiry should continue; however, not surprised that it only took Paul Davis about 30 miliseconds put his face in front of a reporter to make a statement to the press when it involves Kline and about something that doesn't affect the Kansas economy or everyday citizens.

Still waiting for a comment from him about all the handpicked dems on the Kansas Bioscience Authority making them huge salaries. What sayeth you Paul?

Evan Ridenour 7 years, 2 months ago

Thankfully the legislature doesn't get any say on the matter so they can whine all they want.

I hope Kline gets disbarred.

Cait McKnelly 7 years, 2 months ago

He's already let his law license lapse. Even if Kansas disbars him he can still get a license in another state so WTF does he care? Not to mention he has a rather cushy job teaching law as a "visiting" professor at "Liberty" U, the school founded by Fred Phelps Lite, Jerry Falwell. You don't need a law license to teach law.

bad_dog 7 years, 2 months ago

Cait, I believe it would be pretty challenging for Kline to get a law license in another state if disbarrred in KS-at least in the short term. Much of that decision depends on the nature of the infractions involved. Misleading appellate courts won't be looked upon favorably regardless of the "noble intent".

As for the effect on his ability to teach the law if disbarred, I don't believe it will be as much of an impediment at his current school. Keep in mind there is a difference between having a law degree and using it to teach never having been licensed or having been licensed and lapsed as opposed to trying to teach as a disbarred attorney. That isn't likely to be perceived as a ringing endorsement of your character or qualifications.

Cait McKnelly 7 years, 2 months ago

The state legislature has no say in this matter. If they try to do anything they will be in violation of the state constitution and the separation of powers that are modeled after the US Constitution. If they don't like it, tough! Sit down and shut up.

Paul R Getto 7 years, 2 months ago

Agno: Let us hope we never get a glimpse of General Kline's naked breasts. That would start yet another investigation.

ivalueamerica 7 years, 2 months ago

The GOP value is that it is ok to break the law if it suits your party.


This is going to be the worst Legislature and administration in Kansas history.

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