Kline No-Show for Johnson Co. Commission Questions

By: AP
By: AP

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) _ The Johnson County Commission hasn't decided
whether to cut off funding for two special prosecutors investigating former Attorney General Paul Morrison.

But some of them grumbled about District Attorney Phill Kline, who appointed the two special prosecutors earlier this month.

Timothy Keck and Robert Arnold III are supposed to investigate whether Morrison broke any laws during a two-year extramarital affair. But Keck worked in the district attorney's office for about a year before going into private practice. That upset some commissioners and they wanted to withdraw $25,000 that they approved for the investigation.

But the commission was split and voted 6-1 on Thursday to put
off the decision until next week.

Kline was a no-show for the discussion. Last week, commissioners summoned Kline to Thursday's meeting to explain the appointments.

Kline said he's no longer involved in the investigation and told commissioners that their questions should be asked of the special
prosecutors, Keck and Arnold.

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