Courts
3:37 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

State Supreme Court Hears Arguments In Kline Ethics Case

Whether former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline will keep his state law license is now in the hands of the Kansas Supreme Court.

An ethics complaint alleges Kline and his staff misled others during investigations of abortion providers. After a hearing Thursday, Kline denied the allegation.

"I will say that my office acted with integrity and with full compliance with ethical rules and the rules of law, and endeavored forthright in every instance," Kline said.

Kline claimed the charges were politically motivated. Stan Hazlett, who heads the state office that investigates ethical complaints against attorneys, disagreed.

"I just want to make this clear-- this type of conduct found by the panel would have been prosecuted by our office no matter who the prosecutor was, no matter who the defendants were in the criminal case," Hazlett said.

It's not yet known when the court will make a decision.