The nation’s first criminal prosecution of Planned Parenthood came to an end this afternoon when prosecutors announced they were dismissing the last of the charges against Planned Parenthood.Rachel Maddow has been pretty good keeping up with the war on abortion providers in Kansas, and just about everything traces back to Phill Kline. He's the guy who initially went after Dr. George Tiller before his assassination.
Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe and Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt made the joint announcement today in a four-page statement that detailed the legal basis for dropping the last 32 charges against the Overland Park-based abortion provider.
The decision to drop the charges brings to an end an eight-year investigation started by former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline, who brought the criminal complaint against Planned Parenthood after failing to win re-election but was subsequently appointed Johnson County district attorney.
We'll see how the anti-choice crowd in Kansas responds to this.
BTW, also check out my earlier diary from this morning that has the full transcript of Jon Stewart's segment last night ripping into the GOP's attempts at voter suppression in Pennsylvania and Ohio. Took me quite some time to get that whole thing transcribed. :-)