Phill Kline


Former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline’s bid to restore his law license appears to have come to the end of its long and winding road.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear his challenge to the Kansas Supreme Court’s indefinite suspension of his license four years ago.

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A federal appeals court has refused to look at a former Kansas attorney general's case against the state Supreme Court. Phil Kline lost his law license for misconduct surrounding his work against abortions in the state.

Kline spent years investigating a Planned Parenthood in Johnson County clinic and Dr. George Tiller of Wichita.

Tiller, who was known for performing late-term abortions, was murdered in 2009.


Former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline has lost his lawsuit against the justices of the Kansas Supreme Court who suspended his law license three years ago.

Kline challenged the validity of the court’s decision. He claimed the court violated a provision of the Kansas Constitution when five of its justices recused themselves and were replaced by temporary judges.

But a federal judge didn’t buy it and tossed Kline’s lawsuit, saying it presented a political question and therefore had to be dismissed.

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The seven justices of the Kansas Supreme Court are asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit from former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the lawsuit is connected to the 2013 decision to indefinitely suspend Kline's law license over an investigation he led into abortion clinics.


A federal judge in Oklahoma will handle the lawsuit filed by former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline over the indefinite suspension of his law license related to his investigation of abortion clinics.

On Monday, U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten ordered removal of the case from federal court in Kansas, where it was filed. The case was transferred to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma.

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Former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline has filed a lawsuit aimed at getting his law license reinstated. The state Supreme Court suspended his license after finding what the court called “clear and convincing evidence” that Kline violated codes of conduct while investigation abortion providers.

Kline says the high court acted improperly and denied him his due process rights. Kline has defended his actions as attorney general and as Johnson County’s district attorney. Here’s Kline speaking in 2012 after a hearing before the Kansas Supreme Court.

Court Staffer Fired For Tweets Sent During Kline Hearing

Nov 20, 2012

A court staffer has been fired after tweeting disparaging comments during an ethics hearing at the Kansas Supreme Court.

The staffer sent the tweets last week during a hearing over conduct by former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline. 

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National Group To Protest Kobach Policies

Opponents of immigration policies favored by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach are calling for his resignation.

A group called the DREAM Act Coalition expects up to 75 people from around the country to join with others at an anti-Kobach rally Tuesday at a Topeka state office building.

State Supreme Court Hears Arguments In Kline Ethics Case

Nov 15, 2012

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