Attorney Fired Over Kline Tweets

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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UPDATE: Monday, November 19, 2012

A Kansas appeals court attorney has been fired after using offensive language in a tweet about the state's former attorney general.

Sarah Peterson Herr was a research attorney for a Kansas Court of Appeals judge. She posted her comments about former Attorney General Phill Kline to Twitter last week while Kline was appearing before the state Supreme Court as part of an ethics investigation.

Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Lawton Nuss said Monday that Herr had been fired and her case was referred to other offices for possible ethical violations.

Herr has apologized and said she didn't realize her posts were readable by all Twitter readers.

Friday, November 16, 2012

A research attorney for a Kansas Court of Appeals judge has been temporarily suspended from her job pending an investigation about tweets she posted during a court hearing in former Attorney General Phill Kline's ethics case.

Ron Keefover, spokesman for the judicial branch, said Sarah Peterson Herr was suspended Friday while an investigation is conducted. She is a research attorney for Judge Christel Marquardt.

The tweets were posted Thursday during a Kansas Supreme Court hearing deciding whether Kline's law license should be indefinitely suspended for his conduct during investigations of abortion providers.

The tweets predicted that Kline would be disbarred for seven years. They also included several disparaging comments about Kline and his actions in the courtroom.

Messages left for Herr and Kline weren't immediately returned.

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