Friday, July 27, 2007

Former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline Steals Patient Charts

Remember former Kansas state Attorney General Phill Kline? You know, Phill "I Want Access to Your Complete, Unedited Medical Records If You're A Female Patient" Kline, the one who

...in 2004 subpoenaed the records of 90 women and girls who in 2003 underwent late-term abortions at Comprehensive Health or Women's Health Care Services in Wichita, Kan., saying there is probable cause that each record contains evidence of a felony.


Take a look at this timeline I've put together (via) and tell me you're not perturbed by the fact that in Kansas any deranged person can, and apparently does, have access to patient charts.

2004 - Kline subpoenas patient records.

February 2006 - State Supreme Court rules Kline can seek access to the records but not before he presents his reasons for seeking the subpoenas to District Court Judge Richard Anderson.

November 2006 - Judge Anderson turns over patient charts to Kline's office.

November 2006 - Paul Morrison, Johnson County district attorney, defeats Kline and becomes the new Kansas Attorney General.

January 5, 2007 - Kline forwards copies of patient charts to the Johnson County district attorney's office.

January 8, 2007 - Kline leaves the state attorney general's office for the Johnson County district attorney's office where he replaces Morrison as the new district attorney.

June 2007 - After finding no evidence of any criminal wrongdoing by the clinic, Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison ends the investigation of Comprehensive Health.

June 2007 - Morrison also informs Comprehensive Health that Kline, the Johnson County district attorney, retains copies of the patient charts and he finally tells the clinic about Kline forwarding copies of the charts to the Johnson County district attorney's office on Jan. 5.

June 6, 2007 - The clinic files a petition with the state Supreme Court for a writ of mandamus* against Kline.

June 22, 2007 - State Supreme Court tells Kline he has until July 12 to respond.

*I'm guessing here, but I suspect the writ of mandamus has to do with directing Kline to return the stolen patient charts to the clinic.

If you live in Kansas and have any updates on this sorry saga (is Kline's July 12th response available?), please share.

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4 Comments:

At 10:30 PM, Blogger Diane Silver said...

Hi ema! Nice to see you in the blogosphere. Are you a Kansas blogger?

Thanks for your visit to my blog Kansas Voice!

 
At 1:04 AM, Blogger ema said...

Diane,

Same here; you have a very informative blog.

No, I'm in NYC, but I've been keeping an eye on Mr. Kline ever since he demanded unrestricted access to patient charts. Abusing patients just because they are females of reproductive age, no matter where it happens, needs to be exposed and stopped.

 
At 4:39 PM, Blogger Anne said...

I support Phill Kline in his efforts on this wholeheartedly. He has been made a scapegoat in the efforts by Governor Sebelius (Kansas) to cover for her friend and supporter the now-deceased abortionist George Tiller.

Phill Kline should receive humanitarian of the year award.

 
At 11:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anne, you do not understand what a scapegoat does. A scape goat is typically someone on your own side on whom you put the blame when the wrong-doings of your side are brought to light. Phill Kline and Kathlene Sebelius are on opposing sides. 1) It is not possible for her to use him as a scape goat because they are not on the same side. 2) Governor Sebelius and George Tiller were never found of any wrong doing whatsoever. George Tiller performed a legal medical procedure for women in need. Phil Kline was the slimy one here who used exaggerations and inflammatory speech to convince a judge that he had a right to look at women's private medical records. He then abused that privilege by copying those records and forwarding them elsewhere beyond the scope of his employment as attorney general, the only employment in which he was authorized to possess those records.

 

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