Oklahoma Judge to Handle Kline Lawsuit
October 26, 2015

(AP) – A federal judge in Oklahoma will handle the lawsuit filed by former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline over the indefinite suspension of his law license related to his investigation of abortion clinics.
U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Martin ordered on Monday removal of the case from federal court in Kansas, where it was filed. The case was transferred to U.S. District Judge Ronald White in the U.S. District Court for Eastern District of Oklahoma. The move comes with the approval of Chief Judge Timothy Tymkovich of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Kline sued the Kansas Supreme Court justices and others connected with the 2013 license suspension. He claims his punishment was toughened because of his “fervid beliefs” against abortion. Kline contends the court selectively applied rules governing attorney conduct.

Former Kansas AG Kline Sues Supreme Court Over Law License
October 19, 2015

(AP) – Former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline has filed a federal lawsuit against the Kansas Supreme Court justices and others related to the suspension of his law license over his investigations of abortion providers.
His attorneys contend in a complaint filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Kansas that the court enhanced Kline’s punishment because of his “fervid beliefs” against abortion. The lawsuit also contends the court selectively applied rules governing attorney conduct.
The Kansas Supreme Court sanctioned Kline’s law license in October 2013. The court found that as attorney general and as Johnson County prosecutor, Kline misled judges and a Kansas City-area grand jury to further his investigations against a Wichita abortion doctor and an Overland Park Planned Parenthood clinic.
The court didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

Phill Kline Still Pushes the Buttons in Kansas
October 18, 2013

Five years after he left the Kansas political scene, former Attorney General and Johnson County District Attorney Phill Kline remains a polarizing figure.
That was evident against Friday when the Kansas Supreme Court indefinitely suspended Kline’s license to practice law in the state.
Kline no longer lives in Kansas. He is a visiting professor at Liberty University in Virginia where he teaches law.
The state Supreme Court court ruled Kline violated 11 parts of the Kansas rules on professional Conduct (KRPC), which governs attorney’s conduct in the state.
“We have found clear and convincing evidence of multiple violations of rules implicating Kline’s duty to the legal system” according to the ruling.
The suspension stems from Kline’s investigation into Kansas abortion clinics as Attorney General, and then as Johnson County D-A.
Kline lost a 2008 re-election bid to Democrat Paul Morrison who was then the Johnson County D-A.
Kline returned to Johnson County and won the D-A’s post when he was picked for the post by the County GOP Committee.
Planned Parenthood Director Peter Brownlie says the state Supreme Court’s decision vindicates his group and their legal fight with Kline.
“This was a political witch hunt. Conducted by an ideologue, without regard for the law,” Brownlie told KMBC TV.
On the other hand, Mary Cay Culp of Kansas for Life, says Kline’s suspension is his punishment for being a vigorous opponent of abortion.
“The abortion industry was out to punish him, using him as an example. So that other prosecutors and D-A’s might think twice before they enforce the abortion laws, Culp said to KMBC TV.
Kline referred reporters to his lawyer Tom Condit.
Condit says no lawyer or justice in Kansas could survive the kind of scrutiny Kline was under during the investigation.
(Kline’s) “every inconsistency, contradiction or ambiguity was offered up as a lie,” Condit said.
During the hearings on his legal future, Kline said he did not intend to return to Kansas and attempt to practice law.
Condit was unsure of the details about Kline’s indefinite suspension in Kansas. Condit, however, noted the same institution that would decide whether or not to reinstate him, is the institution that handed down the indefinite suspension.

Kansas Supreme Court Indefinitely Suspends Former AG Phill Kline’s License
October 18, 2013

(AP) – The Kansas Supreme Court has indefinitely suspended the law license of former state Attorney General Phill Kline following allegations of ethical misconduct during his investigation of abortion providers.

Friday’s decision comes after repeated disputes between Kline and his critics over his tactics.

Kline was Kansas attorney general from 2003 to 2007 and Johnson County district attorney in 2007 and 2008. He is now a visiting professor at Liberty University in Virginia.

A state disciplinary panel contends Kline repeatedly misled or allowed subordinates to mislead others, including a grand jury, to further his investigations.

As attorney general, Kline pursued misdemeanor criminal charges against Dr. George Tiller over late-term abortions performed by his Wichita clinic. The case was dismissed for jurisdictional reasons.

Kansas Supreme Court Attorney Fired for Tweeting About Kline
November 20, 2012

A Kansas appeals court attorney was fired Monday after using foul language about the state’s former attorney general in comments she posted to Twitter last week.
Sarah Peterson Herr, a research attorney for a Kansas Court of Appeals judge, posted the comments about former Attorney General Phill Kline while he was appearing before the Kansas Supreme Court as part of an ethics investigation.
One tweet commented on Kline’s facial expression, saying “Why is Phil Klein (sic) smiling? There is nothing to smile about, (expletive).” Another predicted that Kline would be disbarred by the court for seven years for his conduct.
The Kansas Supreme Court is considering whether Kline’s law license should be indefinitely suspended for his conduct during investigations of abortion providers. The comments appeared around 10 a.m. Thursday when Kline was standing before the seven-member court answering questions about his conduct while he was attorney general and Johnson County district attorney.
Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Lawton Nuss said Monday that Herr had been fired and that her case had been referred to other offices for possible ethical violations.
Messages left for Herr weren’t immediately returned.
Herr had worked for Court of Appeals Judge Christel Marquardt since 2010, with a promotion to research attorney in 2011.
She was suspended with pay on Friday, the same day she apologized for making the comments publicly. Herr said she failed to realize her posts were readable by all Twitter readers and she understood her posts may have reflected badly on the state’s court system.