Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Steve Fry: "Kline JoCo civil lawsuit to end with settlement" @ Topeka Capital Journal

Has the State of Kansas Yelped "Enough" at Paying His Defense Fees?

Writes Reporter Steve Fry:
... When fired April 24, 2007, Spradling, a 15-year prosecutor in that office, was the section chief of the domestic violence unit, supervising four attorneys and three interns, handling more than 400 cases, supervising nearly 2,000 cases in 2006 and prosecuting homicide cases.

Spradling now is the deputy district attorney in the Shawnee County District Attorney's Office. She prosecutes homicide cases and other serious crimes.

Kline has denied Spradling was discriminated against or retaliated against. Spradling's dismissal was a "legitimate business decision based on factors that were appropriate," the Kline defense said earlier.

As of Monday, the state of Kansas and Steve Maxwell, who was the senior deputy district attorney in Kline's administration, also remain as defendants in the Johnson County case.

On Sept. 26, District Court Judge Gerald Elliott dismissed Eric Rucker, an assistant district attorney in the Kline administration, and Linda Carter, Kline's office administrator, from the lawsuit. ...

Read more at the Topeka Capital Journal


And Rhonda Holman, at the Wichita Eagle Editorial Board writes:

Another reason to pull plug on Kline’s Planned Parenthood case

Johnson County prosecutors won more time today in their effort to authenticate abortion records dating from 2003 and used in 2007 by then-District Attorney Phill Kline to file a 107-count complaint against Planned Parenthood’s Overland Park clinic. But with last week’s news that state health officials shredded their copies of the records in 2005 as part of “routine document destruction,” it’s getting harder to see how this ancient case can be made — or why it should be, given that a professional ethics panel recently found that Kline misled a grand jury (which ultimately refused to indict Planned Parenthood itself) and “engaged in a pattern of misconduct” as district attorney and, earlier, as Kansas attorney general.
The comments are worth reading at the Wichita Eagle Editorial Department blog.

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