Tiller Case Heads to Jury

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ The fate of one of the nation's few late-term abortion providers is now in the hands of a jury.

Dr. George Tiller is on trial on 19 misdemeanor charges stemming from some abortions he performed at his Wichita clinic in 2003. He is accused of breaking a state law requiring that two Kansas physicians without legal or financial ties sign off on any late-term procedure.

Dr. Ann Kristin Neuhaus provided second opinions on late-term abortions before Tiller performed them. Prosecutors contend they had an illegal financial affiliation.

In closing arguments Friday, prosecutors pointed to Tiller's journal about a 1999 conversation between the doctors over Neuhaus' fee as the "smoking gun'' in their case.

But the defense said Tiller was trying to comply with the law and relied on the suggestion of a state official when he contacted Neuhaus.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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