Thursday, February 24, 2011

Kline - Day 3 -Great testimony from Judge Anderson & Kline Investigator

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DAY 3 OF KLINE ETHICS HEARINGS

I got up early and drove an hour to Topeka from Kansas City this morning to attend the Kline hearings because I had heard that Judge Richard Anderson would be testifying. I got to see him testify in Johnson County on this issue a few years ago and I really admire him. He is the Topeka judge who found probable cause to believe crimes were committed by Planned Parenthood and George Tiller’s clinic. He is reportedly a Democrat. 
The Topeka Capitol Journal story linked below is pretty reflective of what happened today and I encourage you to read it in full.  The Lifesitenews.com story that follows it, however, explains why the Capitol Journal story headline about Anderson’s testimony doesn’t tell the whole story.
The testimony today was overall really, really good.  Note that both Judge Anderson and Kline’s top investigator, Tom Williams (formerly with the F.B.I.) testified today to the hostility of Paul Morrison’s people, both those working for him when he took over from Kline as A.G. (including a woman who testified Monday) and those left back in Johnson County where Kline was taking over Morrison’s place as D.A.

—Mary Kay Culp, State Executive Director, Kansans for Life

The Capitol Journal story from today:
Judge surprised Kline still had Tiller records
is HERE.

The only other reporter there today was Peter Smith from Lifesitenews.com who filed this story:
Phill Kline held to double standard in ethics trial - Day 3 live update
by Peter Smith

Note: LifeSiteNews.com reporter Peter Smith is attending the hearings in Kansas this week. This article will be updated periodically throughout the day as the case unfolds.

February 23, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A few minutes before the ethics trial involving former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline adjourned for lunch today, testimony appeared to reveal a double-standard held against Kline regarding one of the charges being brought against him.

Kline was hit with the ethics complaints after he pursued lawsuits against both Planned Parenthood and late-term abortionist George Tiller. His office says it had discovered a host of incriminating evidence suggesting widescale cover-up of child rape and other evasions of the law.
Today the trial entered its third day, with Judge Richard Anderson, a Shawnee County district judge, taking the stand, where he was questioned by Kline’s legal counsel Reed Holbrook.
One of the charges brought by disciplinary administrator Stan Hazlett against Kline is that Kline failed to update a status and disciplinary report relating to the abortion investigations, which did not at the time include the records relating to Kline’s investigation of George Tiller.
However, under cross-examination Judge Anderson told Holbrook that Kline’s successor, AG Paul Morrison, was apparently guilty of the same offense.
Anderson says he had sent Morrison a written request to update the status and disposition report in order to include information regarding Donald McKinney, a special prosecutor who was fired by Morrison. However, in response to Holbrook’s questioning, Judge Anderson stated that Morrison never gave him that update.
However, to date no charges of ethics violations have been filed against Morrison.
Anderson also revealed that when he had asked for the missing files in April 2007, Kline returned the requested data. By contrast, Morrison never updated the report as requested by Anderson.
Holbrook asked Anderson, “Did you ask or request Mr. Kline’s successor to update this status report?”
Anderson responded: “I asked Morrison to update.”
Holbrook asked: “Did he?” Anderson responded: “No.”
In related testimony, Holbrook asked Anderson if he had encountered any inappropriate, unprofessional conduct by Kline or his subordinates, and if he would have reported that to Kline. Anderson responded: “I don’t know. But I saw some conduct I didn’t like in the next generation of attorneys general [office], and I didn’t report it.”
The trial will resume today at 1:00 with further questioning of Anderson by Holbrook.

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I left the Kline hearings at 3 and went across the street to the Capitol right after the KS House had passed (by voice vote) the two pro-life votes we have been writing to you about. Tomorrow is what they call FINAL ACTION—the recorded, final vote. Thus you still have time to call your state representative Thursday. See our previous emails for all the contact information.
Finally, the very pro-abortion Rachel Maddow show is originating from the Free State Brewery in Lawrence tonight and will likely mention the abortion issue and Kansas. (Wish I’d known that as I drove through Lawrence on my way home.  Would have loved to have been there to offer some TRUTH!)  It is on at 11 p.m. on MSNBC.
And, FYI: Along with matching funds, because of you we raised $10,000 in 2 days for the Kline Defense Fund—MK Culp

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