Panel urges light penalty for lawyer’s foul-mouthed tweets

TOPEKA (AP) — A disciplinary panel has recommended the lowest possible penalty for a former Kansas courts research attorney who used foul language in tweets about former Attorney General Phill Kline.

The special three-judge panel Monday recommended Sarah Peterson Herr Screen Shot 2014-01-13 at 3.08.16 PMreceive an informal admonition for the comments she posted on Twitter in November 2012.

Herr tweeted during an appearance by Kline before the Kansas Supreme Court as part of an ethics case about his investigation of abortion clinics. She was quickly fired by the Kansas Court of Appeals.

The special panel ruled last month Herr had violated the rules of professional conduct. In its decision Monday, the panel cited her lack of prior disciplinary history, her public apology and cooperation, and her brief experience practicing law.