Kansas panel finds lawyer’s tweets violated rules

A disciplinary panel says a former Kansas courts research attorney violated the rules of lawyer conduct when she used foul language in tweets about former Attorney General Phil Kline.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the three-judge panel ruled Friday in the case of Sarah Peterson Herr, who was fired from her Kansas Court of Appeals job over her Twitter comments in November 2012.

Herr posted the tweets during an appearance by Kline before the Kansas Supreme Court as part of an ethics case about his investigation of abortion clinics.

Herr told the disciplinary panel she wrote “dumb things” and didn’t mean for the tweets to go public.

Herr’s lawyer says her client has been penalized enough. She’s asking that Herr receive the minimum sanction of an informal reprimand.