by Steven Ertelt
December 14, 2007
Kansas City, KS (LifeNews.com) — Johnson County District Attorney Phill Kline, who has filed more than 100 charges of wrongdoing against a local Planned Parenthood, is hiring an attorney to investigate Attorney General Paul Morrison. Morrison has admitted to an affair with a former staffer who says he asked her to give him details about Kline’s case.
Johnson County commissioners gave Kline’s office $25,000 to hire a special prosecutor to investigate whether or not Morrison and his mistress Linda Carter broke any laws concerning his investigation.
Carter resigned her job at the end of November and filed a sexual harassment complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
In that complaint, Carter alleges Morrison pressured her to obtain confidential documents in Kline’s case, which involves 107 charges against the Planned Parenthood abortion business in Overland Park regarding illegal late-term abortions and medical records violations.
According to the Kansas City Star, Kline will name the special prosecutor within days.
The investigating attorney will work independently of Kline and could present potential charges in the case to the grand jury that is also investigating Planned Parenthood.
The Star reported that Kline said he found enough evidence of wrongdoing that he felt an independent prosecutor was necessary.
Morrison has denied Carter’s claim that he asked her to give him confidential documents.
"There is no doubt, however, that all accusations of official or criminal wrongdoing are false and part of a political assault against me waged for partisan gain," Morrison said in a statement Thursday.
“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.”
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 when Kline was the attorney general.
Morrison has called for an independent investigation into his actions and has asked Stanton Hazlett, the Kansas Disciplinary Administrator, to investigate the allegations. Hazlett’s position is an agency under the Kansas Supreme Court.
But Mary Kay Culp tells LifeNews.com the request is a joke.
"Morrison’s call for an investigation by the Disciplinary 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 also alleges that the two had a lengthy discussion about Morrison’s charges against Wichita abortion practitioner George Tiller.