Former Kansas Attorney General has Law License Suspended Indefinitely
by Christopher Zoukis
On October 18, 2013, the Kansas Supreme Court indefinitely suspended the law license of former State Attorney General Phillip D. “Phill” Kline, who became nationally known for his repeated prosecutions of Planned Parenthood and Dr. George Tiller, an abortion provider later murdered by an anti-abortion activist.
In a 154-page decision that detailed Kline’s violations of the Kansas Rules of Professional Conduct, the unanimous state Supreme Court held there was “clear and convincing evidence” that he had demonstrated “overzealous advocacy” and failed to operate “within the bounds of the law.” The Court concluded he had “violated his duties to the public, the legal system, and the legal profession.”
Kline, who served as Attorney General from 2003 to 2007, is now an assistant law professor at Liberty University in Virginia – a Christian-oriented school founded by evangelist pastor Jerry Falwell. He will be able to apply for reinstatement of his law license every three years.
The Supreme Court found Kline had engaged in misconduct when he had staffers attach sealed records to a public brief in violation of a court order, then ordered them to provide “misleading” information ...