by Steven Ertelt
January 11, 2008
Topeka, KS (LifeNews.com) — Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison is coming under fire again for failing to do his part to hold abortion practitioners accountable there. This time, he’s coming under scrutiny for failing to pay a special prosecutor his predecessor hired to investigate late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller.
Former top state attorney Phill Kline hired Don McKinney to help investigate whether or not Tiller was doing illegal late-term abortions.
Six months after submitting a bill for his work, Morrison has yet to pay McKinney.
According to records AP obtained, McKinney was supposed to receive $185 an hour and up to $25,000 from the state in compensation for his work. In July, he submitted an invoice showing $35,000 worth of work for the state.
Morrison fired McKinney in January 2007 and eventually charged Tiller with 19 counts of doing illegal late-term abortions. AP said a Morrison representative told it that the attorney general is reviewing the finances.
Pro-life advocates say the news isn’t unexpected.
They cite Morrison’s lax enforcement of Kansas abortion law and allegations from his mistress that he asked her to send him documents from a probe Kline has conducted into an Overland Park Planned Parenthood.
"Given that Morrison dropped McKinney’s appeal to the Kansas Supreme Court of the dropping of Kline’s charges against Tiller at the behest of Tiller-friend Nola Foulston — a month after Morrison said he wouldn’t — this not surprising," Mary Kay Culp of Kansas for Life told LifeNews.com.
The abortion center there has been charged with 107 counts of illegal late-term abortions and doctoring medical papers to hide the illegal reasons for the abortions.
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.
Morrison stepped down December 14 after acknowledging the affair and plans to officially leave his office as the state’s top attorney on January 31.
Related web sites:
Kansans for Life – https://www.kfl.org