Kansas Abortion Doctor's Attorney Spars with ex-AG

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ Attorneys for late-term abortion provider George Tiller are trying to show in court that former Attorney General Phill Kline had plans to prosecute before taking office.

Kline launched an investigation of the Wichita doctor more than five years ago. His successor, Paul Morrison, partially relied upon that investigation to file 19 misdemeanor charges against Tiller.

The charges accuse Tiller of violating a 1998 state law requiring that a second, independent Kansas physician sign off on most late-term abortions.

Tiller's attorneys have asked Sedgwich County District Judge Clark Owens to suppress the evidence linked to Kline or to dismiss the charges.

They have accused the anti-abortion Republican of ``outrageous'' conduct in his pursuit of Tiller, including intentionally misleading judges.

Kline says Tiller is simply trying to avoid prosecution.

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