Topeka, KS – A subpoena issued by a citizen-called grand jury for abortion records in the custody of Attorney General Steve Six has been stayed by Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Kay McFarland.
The subpoena asked for 60 abortion records that were obtained by former Attorney General Phill Kline in 2006, which have already had all patient identifying information redacted, and have been certified for release by the Supreme Court to investigative agencies of the Executive Branch. Some of those records are the basis for 19 criminal charges of illegal late-term abortions that Tiller currently faces. The grand jury is investigating Tiller on allegations of having committed illegal abortions on viable babies over a five-year period.
In staying the subpoena, the Supreme Court said that Six’s motion cited similar privacy concerns put forth by Tiller’s attorneys, who earlier moved to block 3 grand jury subpoenas for 2,000 of Tiller’s late-term abortion records.
“This ruling is troubling, given the fact that the records in Six’s custody have already been certified for release by the Supreme Court and deemed to contain no information that could jeopardize a patient’s privacy,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “Has Justice McFarland become that forgetful?”
“The fact that the Court indicated that Six’s arguments and the arguments of Tiller’s attorneys are so similar gives the impression of collusion between the two parties.”
Attorney General Six was appointed to office by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who has benefited from hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from Tiller. Six has never been elected to office and has only served in the public capacity as an appointee of Sebelius. Pro-lifers suspect that Six may be willing to protect Tiller as a means of a political pay-back to his benefactor, Sebelius.
“Justice is teetering on a razor’s edge. Every effort is being made to keep these records from being examined by this impartial grand jury. Thwarting this grand jury from fully investigating the serious allegations against Tiller is nothing less than the subversion of justice,” said Newman. “The people need to start letting Six know that they will not tolerate further corruption in this matter.”
Those who are interested in expressing concerns may wish to contact the Attorney General’s office.
Attorney General Steven Six
(785) 296-6296 fax
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