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Judge Tosses Former Kansas AG Phill Kline’s Lawsuit Over His Suspension


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.

The Kansas Supreme Court indefinitely suspended Kline’s license in 2013. A disciplinary panel found that Kline had committed attorney misconduct as attorney general and later as Johnson County district attorney while investigating Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers.

Tom Conditt, a Cincinnati attorney representing Kline, said he would likely appeal the lawsuit’s dismissal.