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Kansas appeals court attorney fired over tweet

Associated Press Modified: November 19, 2012 at 5:46 pm •  Published: November 19, 2012
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Messages left for Herr weren't immediately returned.

Tom Condit, who represented Kline during his ethics hearing, has called for an independent investigation of the judicial branch, saying that he believes the attitudes expressed by Herr permeate the entire court system. Condit didn't immediately return calls seeking comment Monday.

Herr had worked for Court of Appeals Judge Christel Marquardt since 2010, with a promotion to research attorney in 2011.

She was suspended with pay on Friday, the same day she apologized for making the comments publicly. Herr said she failed to realize her posts were readable by all Twitter readers and she understood her posts may have reflected badly on the state's court system.

Court spokesman Ron Keefover said he couldn't disclose details of the investigation that led to Herr's firing, including where she was when the tweets were posted or if she was in the building during the hearing. Court rules regarding judges and justices commenting on pending cases extend to the judicial branch staff.