by Steven Ertelt
December 30, 2007
Topeka, KS (LifeNews.com) — Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison, who is being probed to find out whether or not he tried to interfere in a county attorney’s investigation of a local abortion business, made hundreds of phone calls to a woman with whom he had an affair.
Though his mistress says they discussed the abortion case, Morrison denies her accusation that he asked her to give him documents related to it.
New records the Associated Press obtained review Morrison made so many phone calls to Linda Carter that the pair would often talk several hours a day.
The records also do not catalog the entire field of phone calls between Morrison and Carter because landline phones are not completely included in the tally.
Despite the revelations about the calls, Morrison said on Friday that his time on the horn with his lover did not prevent him from “working for the people of Kansas.”
According to the AP figures, Carter logged more than 500 calls to and from Morrison on a cell phone paid for by Johnson County, where she worked for Morrison and, later, for his replacement, Phill Kline. The calls amount to more than 10,000 minutes and ebbed and flowed throughout the time the two had an affair.
Kline is the official conducting the probe into a Planned Parenthood abortion business in Overland Park that he has charged with 107 counts of illegal late-term abortions and falsifying medical paperwork. A citizen-generated grand jury has also been called in the case to investigate the matter further.
Morrison defended himself from the latest information by saying that it never prevented him from doing his job, but Mary Kay Culp, the head of Kansans for Life, told AP that’s not the case.
“There is no way to tell if anyone is telling the truth about supposed improvements in their office or whether or they lost professional focus during personal failings without looking at their reputation — which in Morrison’s case is shot,” Culp said.
Morrison stepped down December 14 after acknowledging the affair and plans to officially lave his office as the state’s top attorney on January 31. Still, that won’t avert the eyes of Johnson County officials from looking at Carter’s claims.
Kline says he still plans to appoint a special prosecutor next month to weigh the charges of blackmail, telephone harassment and disrupting a county attorney’s investigation.
Kline had already indicated he would appoint a special prosecutor but there was some question about whether he would commit to doing so following Morrison’s resignation. Previously, the Johnson County Commission voted 6-1 to authorize Kline to spend $25,000 on a legal counsel to investigate Morrison’s possible criminal activity.
Culp previously told LifeNews.com that she welcomes the resignation and said Morrison had disgraced the office.
"We deeply grieve the pain that the Morrison family has endured. Unfortunately, we also grieve the justice denied when one industry is treated as above the law and unwilling to submit to even the most basic oversight," she said.
Culp told LifeNews.com that Morrison put the interests of the abortion industry ahead of public accountability when late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller spent $1 million to put Morrison in office.
"If the public feels deceived, it is because they were in fact purposely deceived by a million dollar campaign carried out by an abortion industry intent on avoiding even the most basic of scrutiny, at all costs," Culp said.
Culp added that she hopes the newly appointed special prosecutor in Johnson County will "get to the bottom" of whether or not Morrison had Carter tamper with county attorney Phill Kline’s investigation into the Planned Parenthood in Overland Park.
With Morrison’s resignation, pro-abortion Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, a Democrat, will appoint his successor.
Related web sites:
Kansans for Life – https://www.kfl.org