Thursday, May 04, 2006

Kline speaks

Kline to speak on corporate probes and politics:
“Trial by News Conference: The Politics of Corporate Investigations,” is the title of Kline’s talk, which he will deliver at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Dole Institute of Politics on KU’s west campus.
The media hound will apparently claim that other attorneys general use press conferences too often.

Paul Morrison has a nice bit in his stump speech about the day Phill Kline argued before the Supreme Court. He built up a media circus around his preparations, preparations he desperately needed since he has tried exactly no cases. Then held a press conference on the Court's steps, and got his picture taken by all the media he could find. As Kline answered the Washington press's questions, Paul Morrison was on the road, driving from Johnson County, where he's been a district attorney for 12 years, prosecuting tons of cases, to Topeka where he was arguing before the state's Supreme Court. Again. For Morrison, it was another day at the office.

As Morrison says, Kline's world is one of politics and press conferences, and the people's law firm out to be run by someone more interested in enforcing the law than interpreting it.