Kansans still paying for Phill Kline's mistakes
The Kansas City Star
It would be interesting, if moot at this point, to tally up all the money that Phill Kline cost the taxpayers of Kansas in the turbulent six years he spent as the state attorney general and then Johnson County prosecutor.
His quest to prosecute abortion providers by examining the private medical records of patients consumed hundreds of hours of court hearings. Thanks to Kline, taxpayers spent hundreds of thousands of dollars for experts to testify in a federal court in Wichita about what sort of sexual activity should be legal for youths younger than 16.
The latest Kline-related debacle is a $350,000 settlement that the state of Kansas has agreed to pay to a former assistant prosecutor whom Kline fired after Republican party activists elected him to fill a vacancy in the Johnson County District attorney’s office in 2007.
Jacqie Spradling, an experienced and respected prosecutor, alleged that Kline fired her because she sent him a memo alleging discrimination against women in the office. As a county prosecutor, Kline was considered a state official. Kansas leaders have called the settlement “fiscally prudent,” meaning they didn’t want to take their chances at a trial.
Kline left public office in Kansas in 2008. The fact that Kansas is still paying for his time in office is extraordinary and speaks to Kline’s recklessness and ambition.