Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Keep up the pressure! : Legal tangle:
Legal tangle
Wednesday, February 23, 2005
To the editor:

Given the dispute between Atty. Gen. Phill Kline and the Journal-World and other observers over Kline's alleged violations of state laws (“Kline, BOE defend private meetings,” J-W, Feb. 17), there can be only one satisfactory solution. Rather than try him in the press, Kansas should establish an independent counsel, like the ones who investigated Watergate, to determine what laws were or were not broken. The governor and the Legislature should establish a process that would give this prosecutor the independence to investigate the serious allegations and to prosecute any violations without political interference.

Until this situation is put to a fair and impartial conclusion, the chief law enforcer of the state will be tangled in his own legal scandal, rather than investigating other criminals.

Only through an independent process can these questions be put to rest, and the business of governing allowed to go forward.

Joshua Rosenau,
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