The catch-22 in Heller’s novel of the same name is this; you can get out of the army if you’re crazy, but if you act crazy they’ll just think you’re trying to get out of the army. I feel the same about this situation concerning the Planned Parenthood criminal case in Kansas. The evidence of poorly maintained and later forged records has gone missing. You’d be crazy to think this isn’t a conspiracy, but if you say this is a conspiracy, they’ll call you crazy.
As the case was being prepared for trial, Steve Howe, the Johnson County prosecutor who took up the case in 2009 after defeating Kline in a Republican primary, discovered that the records that were to be used as evidence had been destroyed years earlier, the originals by the Department of Health and Environment and the only authenticated set of copies by the attorney general’s office. Howe told a judge this month that there was no longer enough admissible evidence to proceed with 49 charges, including 23 felonies.