Former Shawnee County Prosecutor Disbarred
The Kansas Supreme Court has disbarred former prosecutor Jacqie Spradling for her conduct during a double-murder trial in Topeka in 2012.
The court said while Spradling was a prosecutor in Shawnee County, she engaged in “repeated patterns of misconduct” during the trial of Dana Chandler, who was convicted of killing her ex-husband and his fiance.
Chandler’s convictions were later overturned because of prosecutorial misconduct.
She is scheduled for a new trial later this year.
The Supreme Court said Spradling ignored a court order, made arguments not supported by evidence, lied in her briefs and oral arguments, and made false statements during a disciplinary investigation, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported.
The Kansas Board for Discipline of Attorneys recommended in last year that Spradling be disbarred for her “win at all costs” attitude in the Chandler case, and in the 2017 conviction of Jacob Ewing, of Holton, on rape and sodomy charges.
The state Supreme Court found Spradling did not violate ethical standards in Ewing’s case.
Last year, Spradling resigned from her position as assistant county attorney in Allen County and as county attorney in Bourbon County.