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Kansas Supreme Court Justice Carol Beier

Do not screw with Kansas Supreme Court Justice Carol Beier. In January, Beier penned a scathing opinion, chastising then-Johnson County District Attorney Phill Kline for the way he notoriously handled medical records of women who had been treated at abortion clinics. In the opinion, Beier slapped Kline six ways to Sunday, calling his answers to the court's questions "demonstrably ignorant, evasive and incomplete" and "far from full and forthright; they showed consistent disregard for Kline's role as a leader in state law enforcement; and they delayed and disrupted this Court's inquiry." Kline's insolence led Beier to conclude that Kline had "little, if any, respect" for the court's authority. "His attitude and behavior are inexcusable, particularly for someone who purports to be a professional prosecutor," she wrote. "It is plain that he is interested in the pursuit of justice only as he chooses to define it." The court also blamed Kline for wasting $50,000 of Johnson County taxpayers' money, and it refused to stick them with a bill "for the conduct of a district attorney they did not elect in the first place and have now shown the door." Tough talk. But for all the bluster, the court allowed Kline to keep copies of the records.

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