In a victory for women and girls, the state Supreme Court of Kansas unanimously voted to strip former Republican Attorney General Phill Kline of his right to practice law after he was found guilty of ethical misconduct in his investigations into abortion providers.
According to the New York Times the court ruled that Kline “repeatedly misled or allowed subordinates to mislead others, including a Kansas City-area grand jury, to further his investigations.” In 2007 he filed 107 charges against a Planned Parenthood clinic, claiming it was performing illegal abortions and falsifying records. Every one of the charges were found to be totally spurious, and the last of them was dropped in August 2012.
Kline had also attempted to bring criminal charges against the late Dr George Tiller because he provided late-term abortions (or “partial-birth” abortions to use Tea Party propaganda) at his clinic in Wichita. Tiller was gunned down in his church by a fundamentalist Christian anti-choice activist named Scott Roeder in 2009. Roeder is currently serving a life sentence without the chance of parole for 50 years. Kline’s case against Dr Tiller was dismissed.
The Court ruled that Kline was guilty of “significant and numerous” violations in his anti-choice crusade.