Topeka — Atty. Gen.-elect Paul Morrison today said he hoped Atty. Gen. Phill Kline would not file any charges related to the abortion records in Kline's possession.
"I do hope that he will not file cases. I hope that he works with us, and I believe that he will," Morrison said.
Morrison, a Democrat, defeated Kline, a Republican, in a race that focused on Kline's investigation into two abortion clinics.
Kline, an ardent opponent of abortion, has the records of 90 women and girls, saying he is investigating allegations of child rape and illegal late-term abortions.
The clinics have said Kline has been on a fishing expedition, while Morrison charged during the campaign that Kline's probe was an abuse of power and invasion of privacy.
When asked what he would do with the investigation when he takes office in January, Morrison said, "That is an open case now, and I have an obligation to look at all open cases up there, which we will do, and we'll do that quickly. We will give that the attention that deserves. Whether that's a lot or a little, remains to be seen," he said.
The clinics have asked the Kansas Supreme Court to take possession of the records because they allege information from the records has been leaked.
Morrison today said that would be OK with him.
"For the short term, it probably wouldn't be a bad idea to have some third party that is truly neutral to look at those things," Morrison said.
Morrison also said he intended to revamp the attorney general's office to focus on stopping violent crime, consumer fraud and helping victims.
"There's a lot to be done," he said.