By JOHN MILBURN ~ Associated Press
TOPEKA (AP) – A research attorney for a Kansas Court of Appeals judge has been temporarily suspended from her job pending an internal investigation about tweets she posted during a court hearing in former Attorney General Phill Kline’s ethics case.
Sarah Peterson Herr works for Judge Christel Marquardt. Judicial branch spokesman Ron Keefover says Herr was suspended Friday.
Herr’s tweets were posted Thursday during a Kansas Supreme Court hearing deciding whether Kline’s law license should be indefinitely suspended for his conduct during investigations of abortion providers.
Herr issued a statement saying she apologized for how the tweets reflected on the court system.
Kline’s attorney Tom Condit says he’s calling for an independent investigation of research attorneys and clerks to determine the extent of what he feels is bias against Kline among judicial staff.