Dr. Tiller to Stand Trial for Late-Term Abortions

February 26, 2009 - 1:54 PM
A judge has refused to toss out the criminal case against a doctor accused of violating Kansas' late-term abortion law.
Wichita, Kan. (AP) - A judge has refused to toss out the criminal case against a doctor accused of violating Kansas' late-term abortion law.
 
Sedgwick County Judge Clark Owens on Wednesday denied a defense request to dismiss charges against Dr. George Tiller of Wichita or throw out evidence because of the conduct of former prosecutor Phill Kline.
 
Owens found that Kline's conduct during the investigation of Tiller did not warrant such action.
 
Tiller is scheduled to go to trial on March 16 on 19 misdemeanor charges alleging he failed to obtain a second opinion for some late-term abortions from an independent physician, as required by Kansas law.
 
Kline, an anti-abortion Republican, began investigating clinics when he served as Kansas' attorney general from 2003 to 2007.