Obstructed by the Supremes! Abortion justice in Kansas
Posted by faithandthelaw on June 22, 2010
By Bob Unruh
© 2010 WorldNetDaily
The charge comes in a statement Operation Rescue President Troy Newman has prepared and posted on the organization’s website. The statement also is being prepared for broadcast on a radio network that serves many parts of Kansas.
The organization says the statement exposes “how the Kansas Supreme Court’s delay in ruling on issues related to 107 criminal charges against Planned Parenthood is obstructing justice, shaking confidence in the judicial system, and enabling abortionists to continue to flout the law.”
In the presentation, Newman quotes former U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger saying, “A sense of confidence in the courts is essential to maintain the fabric of ordered liberty for a free people …. [One thing] that could destroy the confidence and do incalculable damage to society: that people come to believe that inefficiency and delay will drain even a just judgment of its value.”
Newman cites the case against Planned Parenthood that has been pending for seven years, “with no end of delays in sight.”
State Supreme Court Information Officer Ron Keefover said the court has no comment on the case.
The Kansas Supreme Court, seated from left to right: Lawton Nuss, Robert Davis, Marla Luckert. Standing left to right: Lee Johnson, Carol Beier, Eric Rosen and Dan Biles.
“They are working on that case,” he told WND today.
Operation Rescue has posted an online timeline revealing that the work began early in 2003 when Phill Kline, a former state attorney general, was sworn into office and began investigating Planned Parenthood and abortionist George Tiller for allegedly violating state abortion law by doing illegal late-term abortions and falsifying records.
It took three years before the documentation he sought for his investigation was turned over to him, but the case actually has been before the Kansas Supreme Court since late in 2004 when the two abortion businesses asked the justices to block subpoenas that sought their records that could document legal – or illegal – behavior.
There also have been fights over venue, custody of evidence, politics and elections during the course of the case.
And some unusual twists have developed: Kline was defeated in his bid for re-election by proabortion candidate Paul Morrison only days after obtaining the evidence he had sought years earlier. But Kline immediately was appointed district attorney in the county where Planned Parenthood operates, meaning he legally could continue his investigation.
Morrison then promptly issued a letter “clearing” Planned Parenthood of wrongdoing, which irritated Judge Richard Anderson, then involved in overseeing Kline’s investigation.
Troy Newman at news conference regarding allegations against abortionist LeRoy Carhart.
Anderson responded that Morrison’s statement was improper. Morrison shortly later was forced to resign amid allegations he was trying to use an illicit lover who worked in Kline’s office to hinder Kline’s work.
Kline filed 107 counts against Planned Parenthood in late 2007, including 23 felonies, all relating to allegedly illegal late-term abortions. But Morrison’s replacement, Attorney General Stephen Six, who had been hand-picked for office by “radical abortion supporter” Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, then got a gag order on Anderson.
It wasn’t until a year ago the Supreme Court finally heard oral arguments about Kline’s subpoenas for evidence – a step in the criminal-prosecution process far short of a trial.
“Now, over a year has passed, a ruling has yet to be issued, and the case languishes in limbo. Judge Anderson remains gagged. Kline has since left office. The public outcry has died away. Planned Parenthood continues to operate as if they are above the law,” Operation Rescue reported.
“It would take a book to fully tell the tale of governmental obstruction and corruption in this case,” said Newman. “The worst thing about it is that the people involved in shielding Planned Parenthood from prosecution expect those of us who want the laws enforced to sit down, shut up and forget about it.
“If we don’t, then we are subject to having our reputations attacked and destroyed, as they attempted to do to the original prosecutors in this case. We must keep this case in the public eye, and that is why Operation Rescue is taking to the radio waves and encouraging people to sign an online petition urging the Supreme Court to send Planned Parenthood to trial,” he said.
“Delays in justice only encourage the lawbreakers to keep breaking the law,” said Newman. “Even the Bible says in Ecclesiastes 8:11, ‘Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.’ We are seeing that fulfilled in this case. For the sake of the preservation of justice, our collective societal conscience and the lives of the innocent we cannot allow this case to be swept under the rug.”
The charges against Planned Parenthood include 23 counts of making a false information, 26 misdemeanor counts of unlawful failure to maintain record, 29 misdemeanor counts of unlawful failure to determine viability for a late-term abortion and 29 misdemeanor counts of unlawful late-term abortion.
Operation Rescue’s petition said the “inexplicable delay by the Kansas Supreme Court” has produced “an obstruction of the prosecution of 107 serious criminal charges and in so doing has placed the health and safety of women and their viable babies at unnecessary risk of suffering unlawful abortions.”
“It’s time to clear the logjam, put aside political obstructionism and allow this case to go forward to trial on its merits,” Newman said.