Acting Quickly to Safegaurd
Time is of the Essence!
A young Kansas lawyer was fired from her job Monday after sending a tweet late last week in which she referred to the former attorney general using a common but quite vulgar descriptor.
Sarah Peterson Herr, a research attorney for a Kansas Court of Appeals judge, was in attendance at a hearing on Thursday when she sent the controversial tweet, for which she was ultimately fired.
Herr was referring to Attorney General Phill Kline, who was was appearing at the time before the Kansas Supreme Court in the course of an ethics investigation.
According to the Washington Post, Herr sent a tweet projecting that Kline, whose name was misspelled in the posting as “Phil Klein,” would be disbarred for seven years. But the other tweet, which is no longer visible on Twitter, contained the vulgarity that ultimately led to her dismissal.
““Why is Phil Klein [sic] smiling? There is nothing to smile about, [d********.]“
The lawyer later addressed the tweet for which she was fired, explaining that she had believed the comment was not viewable to the general public due to privacy settings. Herr expressed regret for the comment and its ripple effect as the story became national news.
Tom Condit, a lawyer for Kline, commented on the controversy and the lawyer who had been fired over the tweet, saying:
“I have no interest in insulting any judge or justice in that courthouse who is prepared to be fair and objective as it relates to Phill Kline … But the bigger question has always been what kind of atmosphere prevails in the back rooms of the high courts of Kansas that would make a young lady like that so comfortable to tweet those kinds of comments in those circumstances.”
By Friday, the young lawyer had been suspended with pay as the Twitter controversy erupted. On Monday, Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Lawton confirmed Herr had been fired over the tweet, and that possible ethics violations were being considered in the wake of the incident.