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Rucker freed from Court slime

Kansans for Life rejoices that the Kansas attorney-ethics panel has dropped all the slimy Court-instigated charges against Eric Rucker, chief aide to former AG Phill Kline.

Rucker’s attorney, Caleb Stegall, called the ruling, “a vindication of what Mr. Rucker has maintained all along, that he was wholly innocent of the charges that he lied and conducted a dishonest investigation in pursuit of a personal agenda.”

The ethical investigation was punishment by former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’s judicial appointees (particularly Justice Carol Beier) against Rucker, Kline and his other AG prosecutor, Steve Maxwell, for the “crime” of attempting to prosecute abortion crimes.

But the final panel report reveals distressing evidence that charges against Rucker were BASED ON FALSEHOODS:

  1. a misstatement of Rucker’s trial response by the judicial administrator, and
  2. an inaccurate quote that the state Supreme Court submitted from a sealed motion.

What is so disturbing is (more…)

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Former Deputy AG Eric Rucker

The battle to prosecute Wichita and Johnson County abortion businesses–  begun by former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline in 2003– is still not over.

Exactly one year ago, the Johnson County assistant District Attorney argued before the state Supreme Court that they should end the forced silence imposed on a district judge the Court had put in charge of abortion files.  No ruling has yet been issued, and the 107 criminal charges against the Overland Park Planned Parenthood clinic remain in limbo.

Related to the Wichita case, Kline’s  former deputy, Eric Rucker, was questioned by an ethics panel Thursday about his candor before the state Supreme Court 5 years ago.   After 15 months of media sensationalism over ethics charges against Kline’s prosecutorial team, the professional misconduct case against Rucker narrowed significantly.

“Not a single allegation from the original complaint remains,” Rucker’s attorney Caleb Stegall told the panel. “Every allegation by the Disciplinary Administrator has been dismissed or abandoned.”

Stegall said Rucker was a lawyer for 28 years before he recently retired and had never had a disciplinary action before.  (more…)

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When Kansas attorneys misbehave, disserve their client or  otherwise betray their responsibilities as officers of the court, complaints are supposed to be dealt with by the “Disciplinary” Administrator, Stan Hazlett.

UPDATE March 23: Rucker files new motion accusing Hazlett of  pure political posturing.

Hazlett is supposed to be the absolute model of restraint and neutrality on cases that are proceeding.  However, Hazlett has been demonstrating a pro-abortion bias in recent inappropriate comments made about an ongoing ethics case against Eric Rucker, who was chief deputy under former A.G. Phill Kline.  But who do we complain to about Hazlett?

When Rucker filed a formal motion asking for recusal of a panel member on his case with an apparent conflict of interest, Hazlett should have stayed silent.

It was up to the panel member to dispel any appearance of impropriety by recusing herself.  Secondarily, it is up to the chair of the board for the discipline of attorneys to make a ruling on the need for recusal.

Instead, Hazlett issued an opinion, excoriating Rucker’s request as “misleading, disingenuous and without merit.”   Hazlett mocked the documentary evidence as revealing “Kline’s obsession with Tiller and his clinic!”

Mr. Hazlett’s rhetoric is way out of line, particularly (more…)

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The “Fire Beier” initiative, begun by the KFL Political Action committee, will educate voters about the disinformation and dishonorable actions of Kansas Supreme Court Justice Carole Beier, acting more like the defense attorney for Kansas abortion businesses rather than an impartial judge.

As our press release explains, legal filings Monday for Kline assistant Eric Rucker reveal a hidden investigative report that again exonerated Kline and his assistants Rucker and Steve Maxwell for their conduct when obtaining abortion files.

Justice Beier has been a staff attorney for an extreme abortion rights firm and this may be what fuels her Kline vendetta, ignoring four rulings that clear Kline and his assistants– two of the rulings under the jurisdiction of Beier’s own Court: (more…)

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