Kline says deception OK in abortion investigations

TOPEKA, Kansas - Former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline says he and his subordinates had the right to deceive other state agencies in investigating abortion clinics.

Kline also testified Monday during an ethics hearing that he and his staff had no duty to immediately correct flawed information given to a trial court judge to advance an investigation into two clinics while he was attorney general from 2003 to 2007.

Kline's testimony addressed several key allegations in a complaint before the state Board for Discipline of Attorneys. A three-member panel began a hearing Monday on the complaint, which alleges Kline and his subordinates misled other state officials and mishandled patient records.

The state's disciplinary administrator contends misleading another state agency and failing to quickly correct flawed information are ethics violations.

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