Johnson County prosecutors won more time today in their effort to authenticate abortion records dating from 2003 and used in 2007 by then-District Attorney Phill Kline to file a 107-count complaint against Planned Parenthood’s Overland Park clinic. But with last week’s news that state health officials shredded their copies of the records in 2005 as part of “routine document destruction,” it’s getting harder to see how this ancient case can be made — or why it should be, given that a professional ethics panel recently found that Kline misled a grand jury (which ultimately refused to indict Planned Parenthood itself) and “engaged in a pattern of misconduct” as district attorney and, earlier, as Kansas attorney general.
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