Kansas Hearing on George Tiller’s Illegal Late-Term Abortion Charges Continues
by Steven Ertelt
January 5, 2009
Wichita, KS (LifeNews.com) — Testimony in the hearing into whether Kansas-based late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller engaged in illegal abortions continues on Tuesday. The court will hear more commentary on a motion from Tiller’s lawyers to suppress evidence that could prove the accuracy of the charges against him.
Tiller has been charged with 19 misdemeanors for performing late-term abortions without the requisite referral from an unaffiliated second physician, including one on a 10-year old girl.
These criminal charges were filed in June 2007 by former Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison, who is slated to testify. They are less serious charges than the ones put forward by another former attorney general, Phill Kline, who is also expected to give testimony.
Morrison defeated Kline in a general election but was forced to resign in disgrace after news broke of his adulterous affair with a former employee, Linda Carter.
Carter had alleged that Morrison pressured her to help him impede on-going abortion investigations by Kline, who took Morrison’s place as Johnson County District Attorney.
Carter has been unwillingly subpoenaed by Tiller’s defense and is scheduled to testify as well.
Tiller is asking Judge Clark Owens to suppress the evidence against him in abortion records obtained by Kline and on which Morrison based the charges Tiller now faces.
Operation Rescue president Troy Newman tells LifeNews.com that the hearing sounds more like a twisted plot in a soap opera than an important criminal case.
"Never before have two former attorneys general, and their subordinates – not to mention an illicit lover -been forced to testify by a defendant in a pre-trial motion of a misdemeanor criminal case to give an account for their decisions to prosecute," he said.
However, he hopes the Kansas public will pay attention because serious issues are at stake.
"Make no mistake; this hearing is more about Tiller’s efforts to influence public opinion by deflecting attention away from his own criminal behavior, than it is about guilt, innocence, or the rule of law," Newman said. "Tiller’s attorneys have based their case on twisted facts, wild conclusions, and the attribution of sinister motives to routine law-enforcement tasks. That kind of dishonesty is truly despicable."
Operation Rescue representatives plan to monitor the hearings, which are expected to run through Thursday.
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