Kline's Loss Casts Shadow over Clinic Case

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Prosecutor Phill Kline's primary election loss could jeopardize a criminal case against an abortion clinic.

Kline was seeking a full, four-year term as Johnson County district attorney, having been appointed to fill a vacancy. But he lost Tuesday's Republican primary to Steve Howe, a former assistant district attorney. Kline must leave office in January.

Kline filed 107 criminal charges against a Planned Parenthood clinic in Overland Park. No trial date has been set.

Planned Parenthood's CEO predicted the new DA will review Kline's case and conclude no wrongdoing occurred.

Howe and Democratic candidate Rick Guinn said they'd review the
case. A Kline spokesman said he still plans to try to bring it to trial.

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

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