Panel: Suspend ex-Kansas AG Kline's law license

By the Associated Press | October 13, 2011 | 4:50 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A professional ethics panel is recommending that former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline's state law license be suspended over his conduct during investigations of abortion providers.

The ruling Thursday was on a complaint alleging that Kline, an anti-abortion Republican, and subordinates misled other officials to further their investigations. It also accuses them of mishandling abortion patients' private medical records.

Kline strongly disputes the allegations.

The Kansas Supreme Court will review the case and have the final say.

Kline was attorney general from 2003 to 2007 before serving as Johnson County district attorney for two years.