Archive for Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Kline wants judge off disciplinary panel

August 14, 2012


— Former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline is asking that a state Court of Appeals judge be removed from hearing an ethics case against him.

Kline says in a court motion that Judge Karen Arnold-Burger should be removed from hearing the case because she contributed to a legal newsletter that contained demeaning information about Kline.

Seven judges are reviewing a complaint that alleges Kline and former subordinates misled other officials in an effort to investigate abortion providers. The state Board for Discipline of Attorneys recommended Kline lose his law license in Kansas.

Kline has strongly disputed the allegations.

His attorney, Tom Condit, told The Topeka Capital-Journal the motion regarding Arnold-Burger was filed Friday after Kline discovered the judge contributed what he called dishonest information to Kansas judges through the newsletter.


SageonPage 5 years, 9 months ago

If this is correct then this disgraceful Judge Karen Arnold-Burger should be removed from the panel and her judgeship. We don't need any more partisan liberal judges on the bench.

observant 5 years, 9 months ago

Just another lie from Kline, anyone with common sense knows that.

KS 5 years, 9 months ago

Can you verify your statement? If not, please sit down and shut up.

bad_dog 5 years, 9 months ago

Note Kline's Motion indicates Judge Arnold-Burger contributed to a legal newsletter that said something "demeaning". Not something untrue; just "demeaning".

So Kline's feelings got hurt. In that case, it was likely the result of a self-inflicted wound.

Yet Condit later tells the Topeka paper the judge contributed "dishonest" information. So which is it? Demeaning as told to the Court in official pleadings or dishonest as spun to the 4th Estate?

Tough it Phill. I can't think of a Kansas public servant more demeaning OR dishonest than you, although Gov. B is coming on strong.

Kendall Simmons 5 years, 9 months ago

And, if it isn't correct, are you going to demand that Phil Kline personally apologize to her???

Paul R Getto 5 years, 9 months ago

No? Do we replace them with partisan "conservatives?"

preebo 5 years, 9 months ago

If it were untrue he could have filed a libel suit against said judge and then argued conflict of interest and had her removed. That being said, the distinction is between the words demeaning and dishonest is the real point. They are playing word games in public, but any self-respecting legal mind could wade through this rather simply. He's in VA anyway, why does he care what his professional status in KS is?

msezdsit 5 years, 9 months ago

Your lame position is always the same no matter what you post it under. This is a very respectable judge who is being slandered by the guy who slanders anyone who doesn't buckle under to his bullying behavior. Get lost troll

somebodynew 5 years, 9 months ago

autie - who gives a rats behind ?? Well, a lot of us. He may have let his license lapse, but he has done that before then paid to get re-instated. With the "powers" that are in office right now in this State, I would not be the least bit surprised that if this goes away, he will be back in Topeka and in some form of government role. Heck, some of his former right hand people (who almost got censured) are in positions of power right now. I would hate to see him back here and working hand in hand with the people there right now.

msezdsit 5 years, 9 months ago

Kline has always acted above the law and bullying people is his standard operating procedure. The POS should just be thrown in jail and left to rot in his own feces.

George_Braziller 5 years, 9 months ago

Newsletters have lots of articles in them. Arnold-Burger may have made a statement on something completely unrelated to him like regulating taxation of car sales across state borders. Just because she contributed something doesn't mean it was about him.

It's a pretty lame charge.

"contributed to a legal newsletter that contained demeaning information about Kline"

Mike Ford 5 years, 9 months ago

maybe the koch brothers can throw some citizens united money into that venue of a court.....the koch brothers have aleady purchased many.....

Bob_Keeshan 5 years, 9 months ago

I wonder why Kline hasn't ever filed a brief against himself for the countless times he has demeaned the state of Kansas.

After all, it would allow him to extend this show even further, thus costing the state taxpayers hundreds of thousands more in fees to his out of state attorneys.

Fees which, by the way, have spiraled out of control since the new AG came into office. Any self respecting AG would have pulled the plug on Kline's bills months ago. The law does not allow for unlimited defense expenses, it allows only for reasonable defense expenses.

What Kline is pursuing now is beyond all scope of reason. But you can bet the current AG is so scared of the right-wing he's going to continue to soak it to taxpayers in order to keep Kline happy.

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