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Former Kansas AG Hires Grave’s for Disciplinary Hearing

May 3rd, 2010 by mopns · No Comments

Former U.S. Attorney Todd Graves has been hired to defend former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline in a disciplinary hearing before the Kansas Supreme Court. In an earlier case, Graves’ firm successfully defended then Johnson County District Attorney Kline, from an attempt by Planned Parenthood and the Kansas Attorney General to make him turn over certain abortion records necessary for a criminal prosecution of Planned Parenthood and another abortion clinic.

K.C. Business Journal:

Kline, of course, is facing tough questions before the court about his handling of late-term abortion investigations during his one term as the state’s attorney general.

Graves won’t talk much about how he came to be Kline’s lawyer, citing attorney-client confidentiality…

As is the case with most answers, it denies just about every pertinent claim the Disciplinary Administrator asserts.Those claims targeted Kline’s investigation into what he called the abortion industry’s failure to report instances of child rape to the Kansas Department of Heath and Environment.

Critics had described the effort as a way to target and harass state abortion providers for his political gain. Read more…

As we all remember, Graves was relieved of his duties as U. S Attorney, after a top aide to Senator Bond actively sought his dismissal due to a petty political squabble with a former aide to his brother – Congressman Sam Graves. Graves’ firm has had some impressive victories since it’s founding.

They successfully sued the Oklahoma Attorney General and Secretary of State in federal court to overturn Oklahoma’s ban on non-resident initiative petition circulators. They obtained the first ever Missouri Court of Appeals decision finding a Secretary of State’s summary statement for an initiative petition to be “unfair and inadequate.” And, they obtained a preliminary injunction in federal court against the Michigan Secretary of State’s enforcement of that state’s ban on non-resident recall petition circulators.


Video: “Senator, Why’d You Fire Todd Graves?”

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