Judge to Rule on Dismissing Abortion Charges

By: AP
By: AP

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ A Sedgwick County judge says he will rule within the next two weeks on whether to dismiss criminal charges against one of the nation's few late-term abortion providers.

District Judge Clark Owens says a written decision will be issued between now and a July 29 status conference with attorneys in the case against Dr. George Tiller. Owens did not indicate how he would rule.

The defense motion for a dismissal has been pending since a November hearing over the issue.

The Kansas attorney general's office filed 19 misdemeanor charges in June 2007 against Tiller, alleging he broke a 1998 state law requiring a second, independent Kansas physician to sign off on most late-term abortions. Tiller's attorneys are asking that the case be dismissed on constitutional grounds.

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

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