Kansas AG Suspended Over Targeting Of Abortion Providers--UPDATED


Don't worry, Phill. I'm sure some antiabortion fairy godmother will give you a high-paid job!

It takes a while, but sometimes things really do work out:

The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday suspended the law license of former state Attorney General Phill Kline for misconduct in connection with his prosecution of abortion providers, including the late George Tiller. The court unanimously found that Kline’s “overzealous advocacy” and “improper motives” led to “significant and numerous” violations of professional conduct, which the court deemed “particularly troubling in light of his service as the chief prosecuting attorney for this state and its most populous county.”

Kline, whom Operation Rescue named “Man of the Year” in 2006, prosecuted cases involving Planned Parenthood and Tiller, who was one of the country’s few remaining late-term abortion providers before he was murdered by an antiabortion activist in 2009.

Shortly after being elected in 2002, Kline began an investigation into Tiller’s clinic, eventually obtaining patients’ personal medical records. Many of these documents were later leaked to Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, though Kline denied he was the source of the leak.

The case against Tiller was eventually thrown out by the Kansas Supreme Court.

UPDATE: (Nicole) Klein's license was indefinitely suspended. He was not disbarred. He may reapply for reinstatement, although the finding of "clear and convincing evidence" of his misconduct makes his reinstatement doubtful. We regret the error.

Comments

We welcome relevant, respectful comments. Please refer to our Terms of Service for information on our posting policy.