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Jurist Cleared of Abortion-Case Ethics Charges

Posted Apr 23, 2007 6:21 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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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.

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