Judge refuses to throw out abortion case
WICHITA (AP) — A judge refused Wednesday to toss out the criminal case against a Wichita doctor accused of violating the state’s late-term abortion law, saying a former prosecutor’s conduct in the case didn’t warrant that action.
Sedgwick County District Judge Clark Owens also denied a defense request to throw out evidence in the case against Dr. George Tiller because of the conduct of former prosecutor Phill Kline.
Tiller, one of a few U.S. physicians performing late-term abortions, is scheduled to go to trial March 16 on 19 misdemeanor charges alleging he failed to obtain a second opinion for some late-term abortions from an independent physician, as required by Kansas law.
Tiller’s lawyers contended that Kline and his subordinates conducted an unconstitutionally selective investigation of Tiller, engaged in “outrageous governmental conduct” and illegally gathered evidence. Kline, an anti-abortion Republican, began investigating abortion clinics when he served as Kansas attorney general in 2003-07.
Owens had held hearings in November and January regarding the defense’s allegations.
“While Phill Kline testified that he would like for all abortions to be outlawed, his investigations made no attempts to prevent lawful abortions from being performed in the State of Kansas,” Owens wrote.
Manual lays out Army lays out hopes for electronic warfare
FORT LEAVENWORTH (AP) — For the first time since the end of the Cold War, the Army is updating its manual for the electronic battlefield — a move aimed at protecting soldiers against roadside bombs and other nontraditional warfare used by increasingly sophisticated insurgents.
The new doctrine, produced at Fort Leavenworth and set for release Thursday, provides what many Army leaders say is a much-needed recognition of an evolving enemy. Highlighting that new era is the improvised explosive device, the remote-controlled bomb that has become the premier killer in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“The war in Iraq began to make us understand that there are a lot of targets that we should be going after in the offensive or defensive mode to protect ourselves,” said Col. Laurie Buckhout, chief of the Army’s electronic warfare division in Washington, D.C.
The 112-page manual, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press before its release at the Association of the United States Army meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., doesn’t offer specifics on new equipment or gadgetry but lays out in broad terms the Army’s fear that without new equipment and training, U.S. forces may be at a deadly disadvantage.
The AP reported Tuesday that President Barack Obama is expected to announce the majority of U.S. forces will leave Iraq in 19 months, but those staying behind and additional forces going to Afghanistan this year will still face these threats.
“These new technologies are part of an electronic warfare revolution by military forces. Just as friendly forces leverage the electromagnetic spectrum, so do capable enemies ... to threaten friendly force operations,” the manual states.
Lion mauls western Kansas man at animal refuge
OAKLEY (AP) — Authorities are investigating a weekend incident in which a man was mauled by a lion at an animal refuge in western Kansas, but no charges are expected to be filed.
The lion’s owner, Jeffrey Harsh, told authorities that a man staying at the Free Breakfast Inn motel next to the refuge near Oakley apparently made his way Saturday into an outer perimeter lion cage.
When Harsh showed up to feed the animals that evening, he found the man with his arm over the top of a gate on the inner cage. A Barbary lion had grabbed the man’s right arm, said Thomas County Sheriff Rod Taylor.
Harsh reportedly beat the lion with a steel pipe so it would release the man. He then drove him to a Colby hospital. The victim, Bradley Buchanan, has since been transferred to a Denver hospital for more surgery. Buchanan, of Oakley, is expected to recover.
Taylor said photos of Buchanan’s deep wounds appear to show that the lion reached the bone.
Harsh previously has faced legal problems for his ownership of exotic animals.