Phill Kline Lost His Law License for Investigating Planned Parenthood and Can’t Get It Back

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Jul 3, 2017   |   6:33PM   |   Washington, DC

Former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline suffered another defeat in court this week after losing his law license after investigating the abortion giant Planned Parenthood.

On Monday, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Kline’s appeal to sue the Kansas Supreme Court about the decision to permanently suspending his license to practice law, according to the AP. In other words, Kline cannot sue to get his license back.

From 2003 to 2008, Kline investigated and prosecuted Planned Parenthood and late-term abortionist George Tiller. As state attorney general and Johnson County district attorney, Kline said he found numerous violations of abortion and child sexual abuse laws by Kansas abortion facilities.

Before he could pursue charges, however, allegations of misconduct arose; and the Kansas Supreme Court suspended Kline’s license to practice law indefinitely. Many believe the move was politically motivated by abortion activists.

Kline strongly denies any wrong-doing. He has been appealing the decision since 2013.

Here’s more from the report:

A federal judge dismissed Kline’s case last year and said lower federal courts can’t take up the case because only the U.S. Supreme Court can review state supreme court decisions.

The federal appeals panel agreed.

The nation’s highest court refused in 2014 to consider Kline’s case.

Thomas W. Condit, a Cincinnati attorney who is co-counsel for Kline in the federal lawsuit, previously described the action against Kline as a “complete miscarriage of justice.”

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“Phill Kline was a highly well-respected Attorney General who has a great respect for the rule of law,” Condit said in 2015. “I have spent enough time with him to know that beyond any doubt.  The idea that he ever attempted to lie or to mislead a court is preposterous.  The panel of attorneys who heard Kline’s disciplinary case and the jurists who sat in violation of the Kansas Constitution to attack his law license should be ashamed of their own lawlessness and the objective falsehoods in their own decisions.

“Mr. Kline set out to protect young girls from sexual abuse and to enforce the abortion laws passed by the people of Kansas.  What he encountered was the tentacles of the abortion industry, apparently touching and corrupting everything in its way.  This has been the worst abortion jurisprudence I have ever seen, and I have litigated pro-life cases for 26 years.  It can only be described by a four-letter word:  EVIL,” Condit continued.

According to Kline’s federal lawsuit, there was “unlawful, unconstitutional, dishonest and incompetent conduct” by the defendants, including:

  • special counsel appointed for a Johnson County grand jury, conspiring and crafting a secret agreement with Planned Parenthood that subverted the purpose of the grand jury;
  • an ethics panel composed of two (out of three) attorneys who had contributed money to the campaigns of Kline’s political opponents and refused to voluntarily disclose those contributions;
  • findings by that same panel that Kline was guilty of disciplinary rules that did not exist at the time of the alleged conduct;
  • Kansas Disciplinary Administrator Hazlett  breaking the very disciplinary rules that he is required to follow and enforce, and also deliberately withholding exculpatory evidence favorable to Kline, including the report of Hazlett’s own investigator;
  • repeated misrepresentation by the improperly constituted Kansas Supreme Court of Kline’s statements and conduct and of rules and case law to find Kline guilty of things he did not say and did not do.

Kline alleges that a number of pro-abortion leaders conspired against him because he filed felony charges against Planned Parenthood and Tiller.

The AP reported the Kansas health department in 2005 destroyed the state late-term abortion reports at the heart of the felony charges against Planned Parenthood. The pre-trial hearing for felony charges had been scheduled for Oct. 24, 2011. But because the original reports were discovered to be destroyed, the Johnson County District attorney’s office asked for a delay.

“Kline had obtained those records from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment when he investigated Planned Parenthood during his tenure as Kansas attorney general,” AP indicated. “Planned Parenthood later provided copies of the documents, but Kline contended that they did not match the ones that he got from the state for abortions performed in 2003. The records deal with reports that Planned Parenthood must file for each abortion. Planned Parenthood keeps one copy in the patient’s file and sends another to state health officials.”

One of the key people involved was pro-abortion politician Kathleen Sebelius, a former Kansas governor and former secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under President Barack Obama.

In 2011, Kline wrote about the connection between Sebelius and Planned Parenthood:

The news of document destruction in Kansas does not come as a surprise for me. Rather, after a decade of obstruction, the latest indicates that the evidence of Kansas corruption to protect Planned Parenthood is leaking into the media.

Two weeks ago a hearing in a criminal case against Planned Parenthood was delayed. The delay was a result of the administration of current Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius destroying evidence of criminal activity while Sebelius was Governor of Kansas.

The evidence was destroyed at a time the Sebelius administration knew the documents were key to a criminal investigation of Planned Parenthood’s failure to report child rape. Planned Parenthood is an important and long-term political ally of Sebelius.