Attorney Fired Over Tweets during Kline Hearing

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) A Kansas Court of Appeals research attorney has been fired after an investigation into comments she posted to Twitter last week during the ethics hearing of former Attorney General Phill Kline.

Sarah Peterson Herr was a research attorney for Court of Appeals Judge Christel Marquardt. Herr tweeted several negative comments about Kline during the hearing.

Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Lawton Nuss said Monday that Herr had been fired and that her case had been referred to other offices for possible ethical violations.

She was suspended with pay on Friday, the same day she apologized because she said the public tweets may have reflected badly on the state’s court system. Herr said she failed to realize her posts were readable by all Twitter readers.