close

District Attorney's office conclusively determines no documents erroneously destroyed by public officials

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 17, 2012 

Contacts

Sarah Gillooly 913.334.8288
Sheila Kostas 913.312.5100 x246


Published: 02.17.12| Updated: 02.17.12

Statement from Pedro Irigonegaray
Counsel for Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri

We are pleased that the Shawnee County District Attorney's office, after a thorough investigation by the Shawnee County Sherriff’s Department has conclusively determined that no documents related to the Planned Parenthood case brought by former anti-choice prosecutor Phill Kline were erroneously destroyed by public officials. To the contrary, these same documents that prosecutors determined were needed for their case have been stored in the evidence locker at the Attorney General's office and at the Johnson County District Attorney’s Office.

We are pleased that allegations made by Attorney General Derek Schmidt and Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe regarding the destruction of documents by former Attorney General Steve Six and his staff in the case of the State of Kansas v. Comprehensive Health of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri have been proven to be false. Months ago Kansas officials claimed that their case against Planned Parenthood could not be prosecuted because of a lack of access to documents which had been illegally shredded. In fact, the opposite is true. The copies of the reports needed for the prosecution of the case are now and have been for months located in the evidence locker at the Attorney General’s office and in the Johnson County District Attorney’s office.

The reports involved do not prove any criminal conduct. In fact, they are strong proof that Planned Parenthood committed none of the felonies of which they were accused. Simply stated, the records do not demonstrate any wrong doing or criminal conduct on behalf of Planned Parenthood.

The allegation that a conspiracy existed between former Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius, former Kansas Attorney General Steve Six and Planned Parenthood to destroy records relevant to the case against Planned Parenthood in Johnson County is totally false, a total and reckless fabrication, wholly unsupported by the facts, intended simply to cast doubt on the integrity of those individuals and entities.

Planned Parenthood complied with the law, accurately and promptly filing termination of pregnancy reports with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and retaining a copy of the same. There has never been an issue of non-compliance raised against Planned Parenthood by KDHE either for the accuracy of its reporting, its timeliness in reporting, or its record keeping. There is not a shred of evidence to support criminal allegations as to the manner in which Planned Parenthood retained copies of those records.

The criminal prosecution commenced by former Johnson County District Attorney Phill Kline against Planned Parenthood was not based on sound legal judgment or on fact. Rather, his investigation and subsequent prosecution were fueled by blind political ambition, leading Mr. Kline and those in his office to ignore the truth and disregard their professional obligations.

###

Find A Health Center

or

Search