Kansas Drops Case Against Planned Parenthood
August 17, 2012

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe have dropped the remaining 32 misdemeanor charges against Planned Parenthood of Kansas City.
They were last of 107 counts brought against Planned Parenthood the case was originally brought by former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline.
Prosecutors determined Planned Parenthood’s conduct in determining the gestational age of a fetus was proper and Planned Parenthood did not violate the state’s abortion laws.
“This case has been an abuse of political power, pure and simple,” noted Pedro Irigonegaray, counsel for Planned Parenthood in statement Friday afternoon.
Over the course of the case, various charges against Planned Parenthood were dropped by the state’s prosecutors.
In some cases, it was because the records the prosecutors planned to rely upon for evidence could not be found.

Kansas Wants Delay In Monday Abortion Hearings, Some Records Destroyed
October 21, 2011

A Special Attorney General for the state of Kansas, Christopher McMullIn asked for a continuance of an abortion court hearing, partly because some of the records the state was going to use in the case were destroyed six years ago. The case has a hearing set for Monday morning.
McMullin and Johnson County DA Steve Howe are accusing Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid Missouri did not truthfully fill out Kansas Department of Health and Environment paperwork about the reason and timeline of abortions.
McMullin says they have just discovered the KDHE documents from 2003 were destroyed in 2005. The state now says it need
more time to restore it’s case and gather witness’s, se are from out of state. Planned Parenthood sats it did nothing wrong and it objects to the delay.
“We’re ready to have our day in court”, said Planned Parenthood Executive Director Peter Brownlie.
The latest moves come in a case first launched in 2003 by then Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline. He continued to press the case as Johnson County District Attorney. The current DA is Steve Howe. He is handling the case now.

Johnson County DA Launches Probe of Kansas Bioscience Authority
April 6, 2011

(AP) – Top officials at the Kansas Bioscience Authority acknowledged Wednesday that a county prosecutor is examining the agency’s operations, but its chairman said he has “no concerns” and believes the inquiry stems from a state legislator’s criticism.

The authority’s chairman, former Gov. John Carlin, and its chief executive officer, Tom Thornton, said they don’t know much about the inquiry from Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe’s office. Carlin said they’ve also been advised by attorneys for the authority not to say much.

But Carlin sees a link between the inquiry and an ongoing investigation of the authority by the state Senate Commerce Committee. Chairwoman Susan Wagle, a Wichita Republican, has strongly criticized the agency and Thornton, questioning his management and accusing the agency of lavish spending on salaries, bonuses and meals.

The Legislature created the authority in 2004 to nurture emerging biotech companies, setting aside tens of millions of dollars of taxes collected from existing companies’ payrolls to provide financial help to other firms.

Asked about the district attorney’s inquiry, Carlin said the Bioscience Authority has been audited thoroughly “over and over.”

“As chairman of the board, I have no concerns about whatever they’re looking at,” he said during an interview with The Associated Press. “Clearly, what they’re working on is material that has come from Senator Wagle. She’s shared that with too many people.”

Wagle did not return a cell phone message Wednesday, but she told The Topeka Capital-Journal on Tuesday that the district attorney’s office has been conducting a criminal investigation into the Bioscience Authority’s operations for several weeks.

Carlin also warned legislators that the continuing legislative investigation could cause the federal government to rethink its decision to build a new, $650 million biodefense laboratory in Manhattan, a concern Wagle has said is unfounded.

“We’re not hiding anything,” Carlin said. “I haven’t had a single person come to me and say, ‘John, is there something wrong?”‘

Last month, Wagle’s committee learned that 12 of the authority’s 21 employees have salaries of more than $100,000, including Thornton, who receives $265,000. The agency paid tens of thousands of dollars in bonuses and also is building a new headquarters in Olathe. Wagle has called the salaries “exorbitant.”