Jurist Cleared of Abortion-Case Ethics Charges
Posted Apr 23, 2007 5:21 PM CST
By Martha Neil
No basis has been found for ethics charges brought by abortion opponents against a state court judge in Sedgwick County, Kan.
District Judge Paul W. Clark had been accused of being influenced by several $500 campaign contributions in his decision to dismiss criminal charges brought against one of the nation's few late-term abortion providers. However, the judge—who dismissed the case on jurisdictional grounds—said he didn't know who had contributed to his campaign, and a treasurer was in charge of the contributions, reports the AP.
Responding to a complaint made by the anti-abortion group Operation Rescue, the Commission on Judicial Qualifications wrote in a letter last week that there were “no facts evidencing judicial misconduct.” The letter was made public today.