by Steven Ertelt
January 25, 2008
Wichita, KS (LifeNews.com) — Wichita abortion practitioner George Tiller must provide medical records related to allegedly illegal late-term abortions to a grand jury that is investigating him. A Sedgwick County judge ruled on Thursday against Tiller’s lawyers — who wanted to keep the potentially damaging information away from jurors.
Kansans for Life led a petition-gathering effort that got enough signatures to put an old Kansas law into play allowing a grand jury investigation.
The group says more violations of the law may have occurred than the 19 misdemeanor charges former Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison charged Tiller with for not following state law.
Tiller’s attorneys hoped to quash the subpoenas for the records but retired Judge Paul Buchnan, who has been assigned to issue rulings pertaining to the grand jury, ordered Tiller to turn the records over to jurors.
Lee Thompson and Laura Shanneyfelt argued in vain that privacy considerations should override the ability of the grand jury to investigate crimes that may have been committed by their client.
KFL director Mary Kay Culp told LifeNews.com that her groups is "elated that the judge stopped Tiller’s attempt to deny the grand jury evidence they requested."
"And it is our most fervent hope that the records requested go beyond the 2003 records due (because of the five year statute of limitations) to time out this year," Culp added.
Tiller had asked the Kansas Supreme Court to order two district judges to refrain from impaneling the grand jury, but the court sided against him.
Related web sites:
Kansans for Life – https://www.kfl.org