Judge refuses to throw out abortion charges against Tiller

The case against Wichita abortion provider George Tiller will go to trial, a Sedgwick County judge ruled today.

District Court Judge Clark Owens denied a motion from Tiller's lawyers to dismiss the charges against him based on the actions of prosecutors Phill Kline and Paul Morrison.

Tiller faces 19 misdemeanor charges that he had an illegal financial relationship with a second physician who signed off on late-term abortions performed by Tiller. State law requires two independent physicians to authorize the procedure.

Tiller's attorneys had argued that missteps made by Kline and Morrison – both former attorneys general – had irrevocably tainted the case.

The trial is expected to start March 16.

Read tomorrow's Star for more details.