Phill Kline expected to testify in Tiller pretrial hearing

WICHITA | Former Attorney Phill Kline is expected to testify when a pretrial hearing resumes in a criminal case against abortion provider Dr. George Tiller.

Tiller faces 19 misdemeanor charges in Sedgwick County. The Wichita doctor is accused of violating a law requiring a second opinion from an independent physician for some late-term abortions.

His attorneys hope to get evidence suppressed or the charges dismissed. They allege Tiller is the victim of an overzealous prosecution.

Kline, an anti-abortion Republican, began investigating Tiller while attorney general in 2003. Kline lost his bid for re-election in 2006, but much of the current case is based on evidence he gathered.