As Wichita lawyer Dan Monnat prepared to hear a jury’s verdict in late March**, he received notice of the latest threat against his client, abortion provider George Tiller.
George Tiller was acquitted Friday of misdemeanor charges stemming from late-term abortions he performed, but moments after the verdict was announced the state’s medical board announced it was investigating similar allegations against him.
Jurors today acquitted one of the nation’s few late-term abortion providers on charges he violated Kansas law requiring an independent, second opinion for the procedure.
Dr. George Tiller was found not guilty of 19 misdemeanor charges stemming from some abortions he performed at his Wichita clinic in 2003. Prosecutors had alleged that a doctor he used for second opinions was essentially an employee of his and not independent as state law requires.
WICHITA, Kansas It took years to bring the case to trial, but it took a jury less than an hour of deliberating to find Dr. George Tiller not guilty of the 19 charges he faced for allegedly breaking Kansas’ late-term abortion law. We have just been looking for someone brave enough to say ‘this has…
Defense lawyers rested Thursday in the trial of one of the nation’s few providers of late-term abortions, and jurors were told to return Friday.
Dr. George Tiller is on trial in Sedgwick County District Court on 19 misdemeanor charges stemming from abortions he performed at his Wichita clinic in 2003. He is accused of breaking a state law requiring that two Kansas physicians without legal or financial ties sign off on any late-term procedure.
Prosecutors rested their case Tuesday against abortion provider George Tiller after calling as their lone witness the consulting physician who provided the second opinion required by Kansas law for late-term abortions.
Tiller’s lawyers were to begin presenting their evidence today. They will try to show that Tiller had no improper financial or legal connections with Ann Kristin Neuhaus, from whom he regularly sought second opinions on late-term abortions.
The prosecution’s only witness said Monday she did not have a full-time business relationship with Wichita abortion provider George Tiller.
The denial strikes at the main issue that has Tiller on trial in Sedgwick County District Court, charged with 19 misdemeanors.
The trial of one of the nation’s few late-term abortion providers began Monday with defense attorneys trying to cast doubt on whether the doctor intentionally broke a state law requiring that an independent physician sign off on the procedure.
Dan Monnat, a defense attorney for Dr. George Tiller, told jurors in his opening statement that Tiller relied on advice from the state medical board’s director and one of his lawyers when he used Dr. Kristin Neuhaus as a second opinion for some abortions.
Defense attorney Dan Monnat hinted at the defense strategy by saying Tiller has never “knowingly or intentionally” been financially affiliated with the doctor who provided second opinions.
Defense attorneys hint at their strategy while questioning potential jurors.