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Attorney ethics panel recommends suspension of Phill Kline’s law license

By   /   October 13, 2011  /   5 Comments

Deborah and Phill Kline after 12 days of attorney ethics hearings in Topeka

A final report from a three-member attorney ethics panel was released  Thursday afternoon about the Phill Kline attorney ethics matter:

“Based upon findings of fact, conclusions of law, and the Standards …, the Hearing Panel unanimously recommends that [Phill Kline] be suspended from the practice of law for an indefinite period of time.”

Stanton Hazlett, the Disciplinary Administrator, said “Mr. Kline, under Kansas Supreme Court Rules, has the right to take exceptions to the findings.  Ultimately, the Kansas Supreme Court will decide if Mr. Kline engaged in misconduct and if so, the appropriate discipline for the misconduct.”

Reached by phone at his home in Virginia, Kline acknowledged receiving the 185-page report and was studying it.

About an hour later Kline released this statement:

“The panel did what they were instructed to do.  This is the latest chapter of a Sebelius appointed court covering up for a Sebelius political benefactor in order to protect the flow of hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayer dollars.  The Sebelius court joined Planned Parenthood to file this complaint, appointed the prosecutor, appointed the panel and will make the final decision. Our Constitution was created to end such conduct.  The ethics process is being used to punish political opponents.  Even so, the dominant tragedy in this saga is that through my investigation it was learned hundreds of children were sexually abused in Kansas, and Kansas has still done nothing.  Nothing in the panel’s 185 page opinion can alter that truth.”

“I upheld my duty, upheld my oath of office and the integrity of my profession.  My ‘mistake’ was my willingness to investigate politically powerful people and to let that investigation go where the evidence led.  It is a decision, however, I would repeat and I will continue to speak and stand for the truth and for those who cannot speak for themselves.”

Kline is the former Kansas Attorney General and former Johnson County District Attorney who sought prosecution of the late Dr. George Tiller in Wichita and Planned Parenthood in Johnson County for illegal abortions.

The hearing panel consisted of Jo Ann Butaud, Republican from Shawnee, Calvin Karlin, Democrat from Lawrence, and Jeffrey Chubb, Republican from Independence.

Kline had filed a motion to disqualify Karlin because of his political contributions to Kline’s political opponents, but the motion was denied.

Chubb also had given money to a Kline political opponent in the 2002 Attorney General primary contest.  In a March 2008 letter to Newsweek Chubb said conservative Republicans “do not reflect the true beliefs of most Republicans.”


Final Hearing Report (185 pages)

Statement of Disciplinary Administrator Stanton A. Hazlett


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  • Nancy Hanahan

    A lynching and not unexpected.

    Now we wait to see what Jo.Co. D.A. Howe does with the trememdous amount of information he has regarding the Planned Parenthood case.

    Phill Kline is our William Wilberforce in this era.

    May the truth rule and justice be done.

  • Lee Hartman

    This is the sorry state of the Kansas justice system after years and years of liberal judge selection and appointment. Kansas MUST change the way judges are appointed in the state if we hope to return to a fair system. We MUST elect more conservatives to the KS House and Senate so that the selection process can be changed.

    Phil Kline is a hero, not to mention a very patient, gracious man to put up with this process in the manner he has. His vindication will be in Heaven if not in the KS courts.

  • peter neversoft

    nancy and lee, Kline clearly lied to judges and courts. And he got caught by his very own words. His words are in his testimony and his letters and emails. He lied. Multiple times. It is all in the record. It is an interesting read:


  • Roberta

    Phill is a hero of our time. Not many men would be this courageous.

    The big question remains — who is going to enforce Kansas law; who is going to prosecute those who have abused the children in the 107 cases brought by A.G. Kline and those who have covered/aided this abuse for years and years?

    Our general media and some Topeka “leaders” have made this a political circus, focusing all attention on the political side of it. None of them are speaking up for the victims of abuse and the rule of law in our state. What does that say about their priorities? We don’t even need to ask.

  • Maria


    I suggest instead of just reading the panel’s finding you actually read the transcripts. These findings are just as ridiculous as all the other charges they have piled on Kline. The powers that be are counting on people like you just believing the hype instead of actually looking at the evidence. In fact, they tried to prevent a transcript from being taken. I was there. I heard the evidence. You?