Today we learn Obama’s Health and Human Services Secretary and former Kansas State Governor, Kathleen Sebelius, who confessed to double-counting in the ObamaCare ‘budget’, also managed to destroy key documents in the criminal case against Planned Parenthood.
Key Evidence In Planned Parenthood Case Destroyed, Prosecutors Say
(KansasCity) The country’s first criminal prosecution of Planned Parenthood was left teetering Friday when it was revealed the state of Kansas destroyed abortion records that prosecutors planned to use as evidence.
Johnson County prosecutors asked a judge to delay a Monday hearing to decide if there’s enough evidence to try Planned Parenthood on 23 felony counts of falsifying termination of pregnancy reports.
Prosecutors say the records, which are central to making their case, were shredded sometime in 2005, roughly two years before charges were brought against Planned Parenthood by former Johnson County District Attorney Phill Kline.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment shredded the records as a “routine” destruction of state documents, court files said.
The prosecution’s request for a continuance drew a swift response from Planned Parenthood, which said any further delay is inexcusable.
A judge will take up the continuance request Monday morning.
Filed in October 2007, the case has been mired in a four-year legal trench fight over access to the very records that were destroyed, as well as other issues.
Peter Brownlie, president of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri, said the latest turn was another instance of the state bungling a case initiated by Kline when he was Kansas attorney general from 2003 to 2007.
“Our contention all along has been there is no evidence of any criminal wrongdoing,” Brownlie said. “I believe this leaves the district attorney in a position where he has no evidence, period.”
Abortion opponents were so stunned by the latest revelation that they hard to time articulating their reaction.
“Unbelievable,” said Mary Kay Culp, executive director of Kansans for Life.
“We don’t believe for one second this was anything but purposefully done to protect the abortion industry.”
The shredding occurred when KDHE was under former Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, an abortion rights supporter. Officials at KDHE, now part of Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration, declined comment.
The destroyed records were critical in establishing the authenticity of records from 2003 that Kline obtained when he investigated Planned Parenthood as attorney general. Planned Parenthood also provided copies of the records, but Kline contended that those did not match the ones he had in his possession.
In 2007, after he became Johnson County prosecutor, Kline filed a 107-count complaint against the abortion provider.
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A conviction “would have a profound adverse effect on the organization nationwide,” Brownlie said in an interview earlier this week.
“It would certainly fuel the effort on the part of Republicans in the House and the Senate to deny funding for Planned Parenthood.”
Kline’s investigations of Planned Parenthood and the late George Tiller’s abortion clinic in Wichita, which started in 2003, got him in trouble with the state Supreme Court and the Kansas Board of Discipline of Attorneys.
The board recently recommended that Kline be indefinitely suspended from practicing law in Kansas, saying his investigations were marred by ethical misconduct that included providing false or misleading information to the courts. The decision is up to the state Supreme Court, which once rebuked him for his handling of the abortion case.
Kline, now a law professor at Liberty University in Virginia, accused the abortion providers of violating state law and covering for pedophiles by not reporting pregnancies of underage girls. He sought medical records of former patients to prove his case,
Some of Kline’s supporters have said the Kansas Supreme Court and the disciplinary board it appoints went after Kline because of his opposition to abortion. They note that several justices on the court were appointed by Sebelius.
“Do we still have a rule of law? Does the law mean anything or not? Or does it only mean something if the issue’s not abortion?” asked Culp.
“What we’ve seen over the years is when the issue is abortion all the rules changes, especially if abortionists are supporting people in places of power.
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