Legal Ethics

Lawyer in Hot Water for Helping Newspaper Reporter Write About Prison Sex

A Kansas attorney could have his law license suspended for helping a newspaper reporter interview inmates for a story about alleged illegal sex and the trafficking of contraband within the Topeka Correctional Facility.

An investigator with the state’s office of attorney discipline has recommended a six-month suspension for Keen Umbehr, who is accused of misrepresenting to prison officials a newspaper reporter as his legal assistant when the two went together to interview the two inmates in August, recounts the Topeka Capital-Journal.

However, Umbehr characterizes the attorney disciplinary complaint made by the deputy secretary of the Kansas Department of Corrections as “pure retaliation for what my client exposed.”

The Capital-Journal also published the story about the alleged illegal activities within the prison.

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