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Former Kansas AG’s law license suspended

TOPEKA, Kan. — The Kansas Supreme Court indefinitely suspended the law license of former state attorney general Phill Kline on Friday, following allegations of ethical misconduct during his investigation of abortion providers.

The court agreed with a state disciplinary panel that Kline misled or allowed subordinates to mislead others, including a grand jury, to further his investigations.

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Tom Condit, Kline’s lawyer, said Friday that Kline reasserted that he never intentionally lied or misled others in pursuit of his case. He and Kline were reviewing the ruling and considering their next steps.

In 2007, Kline filed 107 criminal charges against a Planned Parenthood clinic in the Kansas City suburbs, accusing it of performing illegal abortions and falsifying records. The last of those charges was dropped in August 2012. He also pursued misdemeanor criminal charges against Dr. George Tiller because of late-term abortions performed at his Wichita clinic. The case was dismissed for jurisdictional reasons.

Kline began the investigations of both providers just months into his 2003-2007 term as attorney general.

Justices said Kline committed significant and numerous violations as an attorney while pursuing prosecutions in Johnson County.

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