Kline Ethics Case Now With Kansas Supreme Court

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The ethics case of former Attorney General Phill Kline now rests with the Kansas Supreme Court.

The seven-member bench heard arguments Wednesday concerning how Kline should be punished for his actions during investigations of abortion providers. Five of the seven justices hearing the case are substituting for five justices who removed themselves from the case.

A three-member panel of the state Board of Discipline of Attorneys has recommended Kline's law license be suspended indefinitely. Kline has strongly denied any ethics violations.

The disciplinary panel contends Kline repeatedly misled or allowed subordinates to mislead others, including a grand jury, to further his investigations.

Kline was Kansas attorney general from 2003 to 2007 and Johnson County district attorney in 2007 and 2008.