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.