State panel recommends Bourbon County prosecutor be disbarred
TOPEKA, Kan. — A state board recommends that the Kansas Supreme Court disbar Prosecutor Jacqueline J. Spradling. She allegedly mislead juries in a homicide case and a rape case.
Spradling is the Bourbon County attorney and an assistant county attorney in Allen County.
The Kansas Board for Discipline of Attorneys argued that Spradling embraced a “win at all costs” attitude in two cases. One was a 2012 double homicide case and the other was a 2016 rape and sodomy case. You can read the full report below this article.
One case was in Shawnee County. She’s accused of falsely leading a jury to believe that Dana Chandler had violated a protection order obtained by her ex-husband, who was killed along with his fiance. The courts never found an existing abuse order.
They heard similar accusations against Spradling in the case of Jacob Ewing, a Jackson County man convicted in the rape and sodomy case.
In both cases, appeals courts tossed out the convictions.
(Previous article: Kansas prosecutor faces hearing for alleged misconduct)
Friday’s report argued that Spradling’s actions undermine confidence in the judicial system and resulted in significant financial costs.
Spradling admitted in a December hearing that she erred in handling the cases, although her legal team has said the mistakes don’t rise to the level of misconduct.
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