Kansas prosecutor resigns posts amid misconduct allegations

photo by: Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector

A three-attorney disciplinary panel recommended the Kansas Supreme Court disbar former Shawnee County prosecutor Jacqie Spradling for misconduct in two high-profile Kansas criminal cases that were overturned on appeal.

TOPEKA — A Kansas prosecutor accused of misleading juries in two cases has resigned from her positions in Bourbon and Allen counties, just weeks after a disciplinary panel recommended she be disbarred.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reported that Jacqie Spradling stepped down earlier this month as assistant county attorney in Allen County. She also is leaving her position as the county attorney in Bourbon County effective June 30.

A state disciplinary board unanimously recommended to the Kansas Supreme Court earlier this month that she be disbarred, citing her “win at all costs” attitude in a 2012 double homicide case and a 2016 rape and sodomy case. Appeals courts tossed out the convictions.

Spradling is accused of falsely leading a jury to believe a Shawnee County woman had violated a protection order obtained by her ex-husband, who was killed along with his fiancee. No abuse order existed. Similar accusations were made in the case of a Jackson County man who was convicted of rape and sodomy.

Spradling acknowledged in a December hearing that she made mistakes in handling the cases, although her legal team has said the mistakes don’t rise to the level of misconduct. Her attorney didn’t immediately return the newspaper’s request for comment.


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