Kline ethics complaint coming within 45 days, official says

A formal complaint alleging that Phill Kline violated his ethics as an attorney should be filed within 30-45 days, according to Ron Keefover, spokesman for the state's court system.

The complaint stems from Kline's multiyear investigation of abortion clinics in Overland Park and Wichita.

Attempts to reach Kline so far today have been unsuccessful. He now teaches law in Virginia.

Anyone can file a complaint against an attorney. The complaints are kept confidential until the disciplinary administrator's office investigates and determines whether there's reason to forward the complaint on.

The allegations then go before the Board for the Discipline of Attorneys, which holds a hearing and determines whether there was a violation of ethical rules. The board then recommends any disciplinary action to the Supreme Court.

Punishment can range from nothing at all to censure to disbarment.

A complaint against Stephen Maxwell, one of Kline's top deputies was made public Monday. It alleged that Maxwell misled a judge, used statistics he knew were flawed to bolster his case, and withheld a federal court ruling from a Johnson County grand jury. Maxwell's hearing is in February.