Kansas Abortion Trial Remains on Track, for Now

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ A judge refuses to give prosecutors more
time to respond to allegations of outrageous conduct in a Kansas
abortion investigation.

Lawyers for Dr. George Tiller claim former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline selectively targeted the Wichita doctor for prosecution. They argue the case is tainted by what they call Kline's outrageous conduct in the initial investigation.

Prosecutors wanted to wait until after a mid-November evidence hearing to respond to the defense allegations. But in court Thursday, Sedgwick County District Judge Clark Owens ordered the prosecution to file a response before that hearing.

Tiller is charged with 19 misdemeanor counts of breaking a law requiring that a second, independent Kansas physician sign off on
most late-term abortions.

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