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Supreme Court Declines Request to Review Former Kansas AG Phill Kline’s Case

Teddy Wilson

The high court denied a request to review the suspension of the former Kansas attorney general’s law license.

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a request to review the suspension of former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline’s law license.

The justices did not comment in declining to hear the case, according to the Associated Press. 

Kline’s law license was suspended by the Kansas Supreme Court in October 2013; the court found that Kline had committed “significant and numerous” violations while serving as AG and as the district attorney of Johnson County. 

After being elected Kansas AG in 2002, Kline began a crusade against Planned Parenthood and the late Dr. George Tiller. Kline’s suspension was due to violating 11 rules of professional conduct while conducting investigations, such as “repeatedly [having] misled or allowed subordinates to mislead others, including a Kansas City-area grand jury, to further his investigations.”

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Samantha Gordon, director of Public Affairs for NARAL Pro-Choice America, told Rewire that the U.S. Supreme Court made the right decision. “Kline broke the law when he turned the Kansas attorney general office into a bully pulpit to harass and intimidate doctors who provide critical health services to women,” said Gordon. “Kline wasted the taxpayers money when he used his public office to drive his personal agenda.”

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