KANSAS CITY, Mo., Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Prosecutors can have additional time to prepare evidence for the country's first criminal case against Planned Parenthood, a judge in Missouri has ruled.
The reproductive healthcare organization has been accused in Missouri of 23 felony counts of falsifying pregnancy termination reports, The Kansas City (Mo.) Star reported.
A hearing on whether evidence in the case supports the charges was scheduled to take place on Monday but prosecutors contend records central to their case were shredded sometime in 2005, two years before the charges were filed.
Judge Stephen Tatum said prosecutors could have until Nov. 9 to try to find evidence to support the charges.
Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe told the judge prosecutors found out the records were gone only after they tried to get them from state health officials last month.
Howe said state health officials never told prosecutors the records had been shredded during the long court fight waged over access to the information.