Supreme Court denies Kansas’ Phill Kline appeal on law license suspension

04/28/2014 11:18 AM

04/28/2014 11:26 AM

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned down former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline’s request to review the indefinite suspension of his law license.

The justices took action without comment.

The Kansas Supreme Court suspended Kline’s law license in October 2013 over his investigations of abortion providers. The state court found Kline repeatedly misled or allowed subordinates to mislead others, including a Kansas City-area grand jury, to further his investigations while attorney general and later as a county prosecutor.

Kansas’ justices cited “clear and convincing evidence” of professional misconduct, finding Kline violated 11 rules governing the professional conduct of attorneys during his tenure as the state’s highest law enforcement officer and while he served as Johnson County district attorney.

The disciplinary action stemmed from Kline’s investigation of abortion clinics while he was attorney general, and from his handling of a grand jury proceeding while Johnson County’s district attorney.

The attorney who represented Kline in his law license case had said the Kansas high court amounted to “cherry picking” of oral and written comments over a period of many years and posed an unreasonable standard.

“There was never any deliberate dishonesty on Mr. Kline’s part,” the attorney, Thomas Condit, said in October. Condit declined comment on Monday.

Kline is now an assistant professor of law at Liberty University in Virginia. He will have to wait three years to seek reinstatement of his Kansas law license.

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