Those rats would be Democrat judge Kevin Moriarty and his appointed special counsel supposedly helping the grand jury, Larry McClain, hereafter known as Slowhand and Crackbrain.
I said PP's game plan is to run out the grand jury's 90-day clock, which expires March 9, by stalling. Slowhand and Crackbrain have been enabling PP to that end. It took Slowhand 40 days, for instance, to respond to PP's complaint about an issued subpoena....
Well, within the hour Johnson County DA Phill Kline filed a motion calling on Slowhand to do his job and enforce that subpoena, now issued 50 days ago and demanding records from PP. Kline also motioned for the grand jury to do its job. To date it has only met 11 of 66 days it could have.
Kline also nailed Crackbrain for incredibly calling a PP attorney to kibbitz about the case yesterday from the supposedly secret grand jury proceedings.
The motion also reveals the agreement Crackbrain and PP reached so PP would respond to the subpoena (as if any other entity being investigated could negotiate terms?!).
Crackbrain inexplicably agreed to a bizarre "protective order" drafted by PP, without the grand jurors knowing, that would have:
After complaints by all, Slowhand voided the "protective order" and placed it under seal, certainly because it was so embarrassing. Well now we all know.
Kline cited an example in his motion of a recent time Slowhand had a firecracker under his robe. In 2007 Slowhand oversaw a grand jury investigation of pornography and was "extremely aggressive," according to Kline. During its 90 days the grand jury issued various subpoenas, heard testimony from 45+ witnesses, and issued 39 indictments.
Kline is a raving nutjob who has been obsessed with PP for years and has never gotten anywhere with it. He managed to make and end run around the fact that he has no evidence of anything besides some possible clerical errors, and so he used a little known provision of Kansas law that allows a grand jury to be convened by citizen petition. He got the easily excitable "pro-life" types all riled up to sign it, and here we are. Is it any wonder that the judge and the grand jury have better things to do? Like actual criminal cases?Posted by: Hieronymous at February 27, 2008 7:17 AM
No coffee = many typos.Posted by: Hieronymous at February 27, 2008 7:17 AM
Hieronymous states " He managed to make and end run around the fact that he has no evidence of anything". He seems to be almost bragging on the fact that PP has been sitting on "the evidence" for months now, thumbing their noses at the legal system. How convenient.... withhold the evidence from the duly constituted grand jury, in spite of a legal subpoena, and then brag that the DA "has no evidence". Only in a corrupt state like Kansas.Posted by: Doyle at February 27, 2008 8:59 AM
They need to go down hard.Posted by: rosie at February 27, 2008 10:01 AM
I met Phill Kline when he was running for KS AG, in Burlington, Kansas of all places. Despite Hieronymous' frantic assertions, there is little doubt that Planned Parenthood has flouted the late term abortion regulations with impunity for years. Now that the rest of "Big Abortion" (that is, the Kansas Supreme Court and the newly appointed Kansas Attorney General) are playing friend of the family for PP and Mr. Tiller in Wichita, no doubt the grand jury proceedings will end up going nowhere and Big Abortion will win another battle.Posted by: Stewart Steen at February 27, 2008 12:57 PM
The Johnson County grand jury handed down ten indictments in the first two days it convened. Kline brags about it on his website: http://da.jocogov.org/ ... if Kline hadn't had the grand jury draft a subpoena that flew in the face of precedent and superseded his own case against Planned Parenthood, I imagine the grand jury would've continued to be this efficient and determine whether there was anything to the petition that led to this.
And I don't know of any motions stemming from within the grand jury asking for more time or complaining that they haven't had ample opportunity to meet. Kline seems to complain, months after the jury was empaneled, that they should meet every business day (even though these are real people with real jobs, and there's not much to do on every single day). It's questionable to protest on this issue in the waning days of the grand jury's term instead of when they first determined their schedule.Posted by: Z at February 28, 2008 7:19 AM
Phill Kline should be the subject of a grand jury investgation himself for leaking confidential grand jury documents to Bill O'Reilly's show.Posted by: jaybones at February 29, 2008 1:35 PM