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LU law professor sues Kansas Supreme Court justices

Source: 
The News and Advance - Lynchburg, Va.
Author: 
The Associated Press
Date: 
Tuesday, October 20, 2015

"Former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline sued all seven Kansas Supreme Court justices and others connected with their 2013 decision to suspend his law license over an investigation of abortion clinics that he led.

Attorneys for Kline, who is a visiting law professor at Liberty University, said in a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Kansas and made public on Monday that the court toughened Kline's punishment because of his 'fervid beliefs' against abortion. The lawsuit also contends the court selectively applied rules governing attorney conduct.

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It is well established that a law license is protected by the principles of due process and by the First Amendment, said Richard Levy, a law professor at the University of Kansas. There have been cases over law licenses litigated in federal court dating back to the early 1930s.

'It is relatively unusual to take this route, but it is not unheard of,' Levy said of the federal lawsuit. 'And it is probably the only avenue left to him at this point.'"