As Johnson County's top prosecutor, Phill Kline has been a disaster.

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As Johnson County's top prosecutor, Phill Kline has been a disaster.

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But the most talked-about hires have been Jesse Paine and R.W. Mozingo.

While students at Washburn University, Paine and Mozingo led a student group called the Christian Legal Society. According to Topeka Capital-Journal stories published in late 2004, Paine refused to let a student lead Bible study because the student was a Mormon. Because of that incident, the student government cut funding to his organization. Paine and Mozingo's group then filed a federal lawsuit in September 2004 against the university. After the lawsuit was filed, the student government reinstated funding with reassurances that Paine and Mozingo's group would welcome all students. The group dropped the case in April 2005.

Paine's wife, Crystal, runs a Web site called BiblicalWomanhood.com, which offers advice on how to be a good and obedient Christian wife. Jesse Paine's entries on the site suggest that he's a Kline disciple. In June 2001, Paine wrote about what it was like waiting for his future wife: "I had to place Crystal on His altar and give her to Him." Paine wrote that he and his parents began "seriously praying about Crystal" in the winter of 2000. Finally, his father went to Crystal's dad and told him that Jesse wanted to court Crystal. "This is a significant step because under our definition of courtship, we are both committed to marriage, and not to a 'let's try it and see if this works' mentality," Paine wrote.

In May, the Paines were featured in the British documentary Obedient Wives. The BBC's Web site describes the show: "And 26-year-old mother and wife Crystal believes that a wife's primary role is to support and assist her husband. She thinks that wives who work are selfish and that a good wife knows when to keep her mouth shut."

After he was hired by Kline, Paine was assigned to filing charges against those suspected of domestic violence. Paine was told to give priority to cases in which the defendants were in jail; prosecuting such cases first saves the county money that it would otherwise spend housing the inmates. Several sources tell the Pitch that Paine was quickly bounced to the traffic unit with Mozingo.

"The interns that were there [already] were leaps and bounds ahead of these guys," says Ashford, the former assistant district attorney who left in April. "We get interns every year that come to work for Johnson County, and these people cannot wait to get into court and start duking it out and learning. That's what you're used to, and you're not used to someone who is so very, very timid and fearful."

On May 25, Kline's office released a progress report to The Olathe News. The report claimed that Kline's case filings and dismissals, in terms of numbers, matched those of previous Morrison years. Kline claimed that he released the report, which covered his first 100 days in office, to quiet his critics.

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