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Kimberly told Foster, "I prefer that the Court of Appeals deal with this."
Foster replied, "Why appeal? What are you appealing? Is the purpose of your appeal to — to change the property division, or the child-support order, or the custody order, or is it to argue that ... disqualification of Mr. McKee is wrong ... or procedural things were wrong?"
Kimberly answered, "That issue isn't on the docket today, and I don't have to answer that question of what my appeal is for. I filed my documents."
The Kansas Court of Appeals reviewed those documents, along with Kevin's response brief filed by Michael Lucansky, Kevin's current attorney.
Last December, Kimberly dismissed her federal court action against Moriarty and apologized to his family and other court personnel. Kimberly's perceptions were impaired by stress brought on "in the midst of her highly contentious divorce action," according to a press release issued by Kimberly's new attorney, James C. Morrow. "The divorce action, still pending after two years, has caused Ms. Ireland to suffer heart ailments and extreme anxiety," the press release reads. "She has now determined that her claims were untrue."
Reached by phone, Morrow asked that questions for Kimberly Ireland be submitted in writing. He did not reply to e-mailed questions. Kevin Ireland, reached by e-mail, would not comment for this story.
The disciplinary administrator of the Kansas Board for Discipline of Attorneys, Stanton Hazlett, determined last October that Kimberly violated the Kansas Rules of Professional Conduct by making false accusations against a judge. Kimberly voluntarily relinquished her Kansas law license on March 1 of this year, pending a formal disciplinary hearing in Topeka, scheduled for September 9. A panel of three attorneys, appointed by Hazlett, will make its recommendation to the Kansas Supreme Court after the hearing. It may recommend disbarment.
On May 14, the Kansas Court of Appeals affirmed the Johnson County Circuit Court's original ruling in the Ireland divorce matter. The Irelands, at last, are free of each other.