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Phill Kline's former chief of staff hit with legal ethics complaint

Eric Rucker, Phill Kline's former top assistant, faces a formal ethics complaint that he made misleading comments before the Kansas Supreme Court.

The state's disciplinary administrator, who investigates complaints against attorneys, today released the complaint against Rucker, who served as chief of staff when Kline was attorney general.

The complaint alleges that Rucker made misleading comments before the Kansas Supreme Court and used flawed statistics to back up a criminal case.

The allegations stem from Kline's investigation of abortion clinics. Rucker's complaint will go before a disciplinary panel in April; the panel will determine whether Rucker violated ethical rules for attorneys and will decide whether to recommend any disciplinary actions to the Supreme Court. Punishment could range from nothing to disbarment.