OLATHE, Kan. (AP) _ Johnson County District Attorney Phill Kline has been barred from filing motions against Planned Parenthood without letting the judge review them first.
District Judge Stephen Tatum said Thursday he was imposing the review process "as a safety mechanism.'' He took the unusual step after Planned Parenthood attorneys accused Kline of attaching a document under court seal to a motion he filed this week.
Planned Parenthood attorneys asked for a hearing after an April 2007 court ruling from a Shawnee County judge became public. The document said Kline had the authority to transfer Planned Parenthood records he had obtained while state attorney general to the Johnson County district attorney's office.
Kline contends the document was not under seal.
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