Kansas Attorney General Calls for Probe of His Affair-Abortion Scandal

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 12, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Kansas Attorney General Calls for Probe of His Affair-Abortion Scandal Email this article
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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
December 12,

Topeka, KS (LifeNews.com) — In the latest episode involving Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison’s affair and alleged tampering with an abortion investigation, Morrison has called for an independent investigation into his actions. Morrison has already admitted to the affair but has denied pressuring a former subordinate to give him information on the abortion probe.

Morrison has admitted to having an affair with Linda Carter, who was his director of administration at the county attorney’s office.

She accuses him of asking her to gather information in a case his replacement is building against an abortion center.

The state’s top attorney says he will ask Stanton Hazlett, the Kansas Disciplinary Administrator that is an agency under the Kansas Supreme Court, to investigate the allegations.

“It is essential that the people of Kansas have confidence in the office of attorney general,” Morrison said in a statement.

“The allegations that I attempted to influence ongoing cases or improperly gain information are absolutely false,” Morrison said. “I will cooperate completely and openly with the disciplinary administrator to resolve this matter once and for all.”

But Mary Kay Culp tells LifeNews.com the request is a joke.

"Morrison’s call for an investigation by the Disiplinary Board means nothing," she said. "It was going to happen anyway, they have no criminal or civil power, and this way he makes it look like it was his idea. These games need to stop."

Carter resigned her job at the end of November and filed a sexual harassment complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, according to an expose in the Topeka Capital-Journal.

In the claim, Carter alleges Morrison pressured her by asking her to obtain confidential documents in the case new Johnson County Attorney Phill Kline, the former state attorney general, is building against a Planned Parenthood abortion business in Overland Park.

Culp told LifeNews.com that Morrison should resign his position, but a spokeswoman says he won’t do that.

Ashley Anstaett talked with AP about her boss and said Morrison met with staff members on Monday but wouldn’t discuss the content of the discussions.

She also confirmed Morrison won’t step down and added, "It’s a personal matter and he is still capable of performing his public duties, as he has been throughout his career."

"His refusal to resign is just proof that his bad judgment of the last two years carries over to the last two days," Culp said.

Culp worries that an investigation into Morrison’s interfering with abortion-related litigation won’t be completely independent of pro-abortion Gov. Kathleen Sebelius or others who are political friends of Morrison’s or have received campaign donations from abortion practitioner George Tiller.

"Sebelius and Morrison have spent the last two years falsely alleging abuse of privacy as a means of keeping our abortion laws from being enforced, and she and those close to her cannot in any way be trusted on this issue," Culp said.

Morrison has condemned Kline for investigating the abortion center and filing charges of illegal abortions and improper paperwork after Morrison dismissed similar state charges Kline had filed against Planned Parenthood.

Carter also alleges that the two had a lengthy discussion about Morrison’s charges against Wichita abortion practitioner George Tiller.

Morrison has confirmed the affair, but denied he pressured Carter into gathering information about the abortion case.

“Many of the claims made by Linda Carter are false,” Morrison told the Topeka newspaper. “Unfortunately, it is true, however, that I once had a consensual relationship with Mrs. Carter. And I profoundly regret that I did.”

“Any allegation that I used the relationship to influence litigation is absolutely false,” Morrison said. “The only people attempting to use this painful and personal information for their own benefit are Mrs. Carter and her boss, Phill Kline.”