Thursday, March 29, 2007
The Kansas House decides it won't dance with the mob & lets up on abortion doctor
By Diane Silver
The effort in the Kansas House to turn our law enforcement system over to a mob seems to have stalled. Leaders say they won't press for a resolution ordering Attorney General Paul Morrison to file criminal charges against George Tiller, a Wichita abortion provider.
That resolution was based on an 1879 law that has never been used to prosecute an individual. If such a resolution were to pass, it would set up a showdown between the AG and Legislature.
It would also put everyone in the state in danger, and that includes the folks in Operation Rescue who desperately want lawmakers to intervene in the judicial process. These are the people who rallied at the Statehouse this week to force passage of the resolution.
Subverting the judicial process is a seriously bad idea.
Don't these folks have any imagination? Don't they realize that if indictment-by-mob becomes the rule that the torch-carrying pursuers could one day turn on them?
If these folks win, then any group of voters -- aka The Mob -- could pressure lawmakers for prosecutions. What fun that would be.
Oh wait... I wonder... Is anyone up for a Statehouse rally to force Morrison to prosecute Fred Phelps? Could we indict him on failing to have a heart? Lacking humanity? Being a serious bore?
But I digress...
The chair of the House Federal and State Affairs Committee, which attempted to slam the resolution through the House, now says he wants to let the AG do his work. Ultra-conservative House Speaker Melvin Neufeld now says of Morrison: “We’re going to let him do his job.”
There's a truly radical thought.
Meanwhile, some lawmakers are speculating that (a) the whole idea blew up in Republicans' faces and/or (b) it was all for show to placate a restless fundamentalist base.
Photo: What else? The mob from the original movie Frankenstein.