Kansas Attorney Fired For Tweeting That The Attorney General Is A “Douchebag”

Posted Nov 21, 2012

Sarah Peterson Herr is a research attorney for a Kansas Court of Appeals judge.  Even though she thought her account was private and locked, she ended up getting fired on Monday for tweeting about how she thought that the Kansas Attorney General is a “douchebag.”

Ms. Herr said ?I didn?t stop to think that in addition to communicating with a few of my friends on Twitter I was also communicating with the public at large, which was not appropriate for someone who works for the court system.?

Ms. Herr’s tweet was referring to former Attorney General Phill Kline.  Mr. Kline is appearing in front of the Kansas Supreme Court over an ethics investigation.

?Why is Phil Klein [sic] smiling? There is nothing to smile about, douchebag,? she said in the tweet.  Ms. Herr was predicting that Mr. Kline would be disbarred for 7 years following the investigation.

One of the lawyers representing Mr. Kline commented on the attorney’s firing regarding the tweet: ?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.?