OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Once the main legal advisor to the state of Kansas, now Phill Kline will not be allowed to practice law in the state indefinitely.
This comes after allegations of misconduct during his investigation of abortion providers.
Peter Brownlie, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri said, “This is sort of a final capstone that we believe fully vindicates us.”
The decision to suspended former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline's law license was a victory for Brownlie.
The Supreme Court concluded Kline violated legal conduct.
This included his criminal investigation of abortion providers
“What we at Planned Parenthood have said for 10 years that Mr. Kline was engaged in a political witch-hunt pursuing an ideological agenda and not following the law,” said Brownlie.
Kline was Kansas attorney general from 2003 to 2007 and Johnson County district attorney in 2007 and 2008.
During that time, Brownlie said Kline filed 107 criminal charges against Planned Parenthood and he thinks the decision sends a message.
“If you're going to pursue that then you need to follow the rules. You need to remember that the end does not justify the means,” said Brownlie.
Mary Kay Culp, Executive Director of Kansans For Life sees it a different way.
“I think there's another message here. I think there's a message from the abortion industry to prosecutors and District Attorneys everywhere to watch your step,” said Culp.
Culp said it may work, “but I'm sure that any prosecutors they can scare off they will. We’ve already seen in Kansas that not all the prosecutors are as brave as Mr. Kline was, it takes a certain amount of guts but they did the right thing, I mean Kline did the right thing and he's paying the price.”
Kline must wait three years to apply for reinstatement of his license to practice law in Kansas.
He is now an Assistant Professor of Law at Liberty University in Virginia.
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