Ex-Kan. AG Kline rejects ethics panel findings

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) Former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline says a disciplinary panel’s recommendation that his law license be suspended indefinitely is part of an effort to punish him for investigating abortion providers.

Thursday’s report by a three-member panel of the state Board for Discipline of Attorneys says Kline repeatedly violated professional ethics standards. It also says he and his subordinates misled other officials to further their investigations of abortion providers.

In a statement emailed to The Associated Press, Kline said he’s being targeted for what he called his “willingness to investigate politically powerful people” a reference to abortion providers.

Kline was attorney general from 2003 to 2007, then Johnson County district attorney for two years.

The Kansas Supreme Court will make the final decision on sanctioning Kline.

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