Federal judge dismisses ex-AG’s against Kansas Supreme Court

In this July 19, 2011 file photo, former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline arrives for an ethics hearing in Topeka, Kan. Kline sued all seven Kansas Supreme Court justices on Monday, Oct. 19, 2015 and others connected with their 2013 decision to suspend his law license over an investigation of abortion clinics that he led. (AP Photo/John Hanna, File)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – A federal judge has dismissed a former Kansas attorney general’s lawsuit against the state Supreme Court over its indefinite suspension of his state law license.

The ruling was issued Monday by U.S. District Judge Greg Kays, of Kansas City, Missouri, against former Attorney General Phill Kline.

The anti-abortion Republican was disciplined over allegations of misconduct arising from investigations of abortion providers as attorney general from 2003 through 2007 and Johnson County district attorney in 2007 and 2008.

Kline has strongly denied wrongdoing.

Kays ruled that issues in Kline’s case can’t be reviewed by lower federal courts because it challenges a decision of a state’s highest court.

Kays said only the U.S. Supreme Court can review state supreme court decisions. The nation’s highest court refused in 2014 to consider Kline’s case.


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