The 154-page legal filing by George Tiller’s attorneys is meant to persuade a judge to dismiss 19 misdemeanor charges against the Wichita abortion provider. Its point of view is strong and some of its claims so shocking as to be hard to believe, such as that former Attorney General Phill Kline lied to judges and had his investigators give false information in affidavits. And it’s accurate, as Operation Rescue’s spokeswoman argues, that the current criminal case was filed by former Attorney General Paul Morrison, not by Kline.
Still, it’s remarkable to learn of the claim, based on internal memos, that Kline tried to obtain search warrants and have armed officers raid abortion clinics, by force if necessary, to seize patient records, employee files and license plate numbers of cars in the clinics’ parking lots. And that it reportedly took two years for Kline investigators to begin looking into records of live births to underage girls, though he’d said all along that his primary concern was unreported sexual abuse. The filing also details more about Kline’s reported copying, mailing and other mishandling of women’s medical records.
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