Former Johnson County District Attorney Phill Kline told a Johnson County district judge on Jan. 8 that he wouldn’t take any abortion records, copies, summaries or notes with him when he left office. Yet the very next day, his office mailed summaries and other documents to Kline’s new office in Virginia — though the mailing was returned because of an incomplete address.
An attorney for Kline said it was an unintentional mistake that the records were shipped to Virginia. If so, that’s one monster of a mistake — though it’s in keeping with how badly Kline mishandled these records.
Court testimony has revealed that the records were stored at times in a subordinate’s dining room and in a car trunk. In December, the Kansas Supreme Court scolded Kline for his “grossly incompetent” handling of the records and said that he exhibited little, if any, respect for the rule of law.
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