November 13, 2012/Operation Rescue/Topeka, KS --
by Cheryl Sullenger
On Thursday, the final drama in a long and complex chapter of abortion history will play out in a Kansas courtroom. On the line is the law license - and career - of a former Attorney General and District Attorney who is accused of ethics violations for the way he handled investigations of illegal late-term abortions and the concealment of child rape by abortion clinics.
Phill Kline is accused of mishandling criminal abortion investigations between 2003 and 2008. The ethics complaint against him was filed by Dan Monet, an attorney that represented an abortionist who was the object of Kline's investigations. The complaint was fueled by political manipulation and a public campaign to disgrace Kline launched by the abortion-defending local media, which often twisted or misreported facts during Kline's ordeal that has now spanned nine long years.
Kline's investigation was marred by repeated obstructive efforts on the part of former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' administration, whose goal was to discredit Kline, conceal incriminating evidence of crimes committed by the abortion clinics, and destroy his investigations.
Even though the Sebelius era has ended in Kansas with her appointment as Secretary of Health and Services and most of her hand-selected cronies have been purged from positions of power, there remains two institutions still firmly in the grasp of the political climate created by Sebelius that worked to protect abortion clinics from accountability under the law at any cost. Those two institutions are the Disciplinary Administrator's office and the Kansas Supreme Court.
On Thursday, Disciplinary Administrator Stan Hazlett is set to ask for Kline's law license to be permanently revoked. In doing so, he will be ignoring the recommendation of a 3-person disciplinary panel that Kline's license be suspended indefinitely. This would allow Kline to petition to restore his law license in three years.
Kline's ethics case is an historic one that resembles more the plot line from the novel Moby Dick than an actual legal proceeding, where Hazlett, mimicking the persona of Captain Ahab, seems personally as hell-bent on destroying Kline as Ahab was on killing the whale....
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