Tiller Grand Jury Starts

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ Amid calls by abortion foes for a special prosecutor, Sedgwick County convenes a citizen-petitioned grand jury today to investigate Dr. George Tiller.

The Wichita doctor is one of the few in the nation who performs late-term abortions.

The anti-abortion group Kansans For Life spearheaded the grand jury petition, and is demanding a special prosecutor. Members claim Sedgwick County District Attorney Nola Foulston failed to investigate Tiller's abortion practices and is prejudiced on the issue.

Foulston's office had no comment on the group's criticism.

The process begins today with the selection of 15 people from a pool of more than 70 summoned for duty. It will take 12 members to decide whether to return an indictment. The grand jury can meet for up to three months, a term that could be extended if needed.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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