Ex-Kansas AG Phill Kline gives proffer at Scott Roeder trial
Judge Warren Wilbert won’t allow former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline is testify before the jury at the trial of Scott Roeder, who is on trial for first-degree murder in the death of Wichita abortion provider George Tiller.
Kline was questioned before Wilbert earlier this morning by defense attorney Mark Rudy. But the jury wasn’t present as Kline described how Tiller preformed abortions, talked about his inquisition into Tiller’s clinic and, when asked, said Roeder’s actions were unreasonable.
Wilbert has repeated that he will allow Roeder to discuss his beliefs.
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During yesterday’s trial, attorneys and Judge Wilbert clashed over whether Roeder would be allowed to share his beliefs with the jury, The Kansas City Star reported.
Here’s what Wilbert had to say:
“Scott Roeder can testify to his personal beliefs, and the court’s prepared to give him some pretty wide latitude, and I’m sure he’s not going to paint Dr. Tiller in a very complimentary fashion,” Wilbert said. However, he added, “I want to re-emphasize, we are not going to make this a referendum on abortion.
“We’re not going to discuss partial-birth abortions, we’re not going to discuss late-term abortions and actual medical procedures. But his personally held beliefs in general about abortion, whether it’s harmful, whether it terminates a viable baby, he’s going to get to testify to that.”
Roeder’s defense team is trying to make a case that Roeder killed Tiller to save the lives of unborn babies.