If there was any doubt that Attorney General Paul Morrison thinks former Attorney General Phill Kline is a terrible prosecutor, there shouldn’t be anymore. In announcing today Morrison’s decision not to refile 15 of the 30 misdemeanor charges that Kline tried to file against Wichita abortion doctor George Tiller, Morrison’s spokeswoman Ashley Anstaett blasted Kline for being reckless and incompetent.
She said Kline’s treatment of records was "irresponsible and careless," that the 15 charges were "completely without merit," and that four miscopied forms were submitted as evidence. "It is hard to imagine a competent attorney making that same mistake four times," she said.
Even more serious, Anstaett charged Kline with withholding evidence that showed Tiller wasn’t guilty of these charges. "It is unethical to omit exculpatory evidence from an affidavit being considered by a judge," she said.
Kline said that this depiction is false and that it sounded like Morrison worked for Tiller’s defense firm. But it fits the view most voters held in the past election — that Kline had more ideological zeal than prosecutorial know-how and sound legal judgment.
By waiting until the end of this week to announce his decision on the other 15 charges, Morrison raised speculation that he may, in fact, refile some of those charges. Whatever he decides, the decision needs to be based on the law and not on pro-life or pro-choice pressure.
Posted by Phillip Brownlee
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