Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Morrison finally makes a good move

[updated 4:45 pm with a link to the Office of Disciplinary Administrator]

By Diane Silver

Kansas' embattled Attorney General, Paul Morrison, has asked for an independent investigation of the charges made against him.

KC Buzz Blog reports on Morrison's move (see below). I particularly like the first part of the AG's statement because if the state's highest law enforcement officer loses the trust of the people he serves, then we are all in trouble.

Losing the confidence of average Kansans was one of the reasons why Kansas' last AG, Phill Kline, was nearly run out of office on a rail.

"It is essential that the people of Kansas have confidence in the Office of Attorney General," Morrison said today in a statement. "Therefore, I will ask the Office of Disciplinary Administrator to investigate the allegations of professional misconduct made against me."

Morrison again denied allegations that he tried to use the relationship to obtain sensitive information about an abortion case launched by his successor as Johnson County D.A., Phill Kline.

"I will cooperate completely and openly with the disciplinary administrator to resolve this matter once and for all," he said.

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