Wichita With time running out, the grand jury investigating abortion provider George Tiller has yet to see any medical records subpoenaed directly from the doctor, the judge overseeing the panel said Tuesday.
District Judge Paul Buchanan told The Associated Press that independent experts reviewing the records have gotten fewer than 20 redacted medical files so far in the first installment from Tiller. Jurors have not yet received them.
The two experts, a doctor and a lawyer, will review the material before it goes the grand jury. Buchanan said he expects to eventually receive a sampling of between 160 and 170 redacted files dating from Jan. 1, 2004 to the present.
The grand jury's term expires July 8 and under Kansas statute cannot be extended again, said Judge Michael Corrigan, the county's chief judge.
"They have a lot to do by July 8 and it is questionable how quick it will take to get something done," Corrigan said.
Buchanan, who is overseeing the grand jury, said he anticipates jurors will have some medical files before their term runs out. But when pressed about whether jurors will have enough time to make a decision before the clock runs out, the judge replied: "I have no idea what is in these records or what evidence they have received otherwise."
In Kansas, judges do not supervise the day-to-day investigation of a grand jury.
Dan Monnat, one of the attorneys representing Tiller, said redacting those medical records is a "time-consuming process" for the law offices and the clinic.
"We are not trying to run out the clock," Monnat said. "We are trying to timely comply with the court's order while at the same time guaranteeing the privacy of the patients to the degree permitted by the court's orders."