Topeka Former Attorney General Phill Kline's attempt to prosecute the state's most visible abortion provider, already stymied by his re-election loss, is now officially over, thanks to his successor.
When Kline, a Republican who opposes abortion, left office Jan. 8, the Kansas Supreme Court had been asked to reinstate 30 misdemeanor charges Kline had filed against Dr. George Tiller, who operates a Wichita clinic.
Tiller is among a few doctors in the nation who perform late-term abortions, and Kline alleged he violated restrictions on those procedures.
Morrison, a Democrat who supports abortion rights, asked the Supreme Court to dismiss the request, and the court did Tuesday.
Chief Justice Kay McFarland wrote "granted" on the one-page document Morrison's office had filed.
The court offered no explanation, though a dismissal is routine when someone no longer wants to pursue a case.