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niyad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 09:53 AM
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wichita judge fails to order preliminary injunction against anti-abortion activist
Wichita Judge fails to issue Preliminary Injunction against Anti-Abortion Activist

U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten refused to grant an order sought by the Department of Justice against an anti-abortion activist for sending a threatening letter to Dr. Mila Means, the Kansas doctor who plans to offer abortion services in Wichita. Dr. Means has been the target of anti-abortion protests and harassment since she began training to provide abortion services in December.

"We are dismayed by the Judge's decision," said Katherine Spillar, executive vice president of the Feminist Majority Foundation. "However, anti-abortion extremists have been put on notice: every threat against abortion providers will be investigated and challenged," Spillar continued. "Rigorous prosecution of extremists who are advocating and using violence is the only way to stop this domestic terrorism."

The Justice Department had accused Angel Dillard of violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE), a law protecting abortion clinics, and asked that Dillard be prohibited from contacting Means or coming within 250 feet of her home and her office. Dr. Means testified in court that she felt threatened by the letter, and had undertaken numerous security measures in response. Although Judge Marten said that Dillard clearly intended to intimidate Dr. Means, he did not believe the letter constituted a "true threat" prohibited under FACE.

Dillard has been associated with anti-abortion groups in Kansas. In an interview with the Associated Press in July 2009, Dillard revealed she had corresponded with Scott Roeder, then in a Wichita jail awaiting trial for the murder of Dr. Tiller. Dillard told AP "With one move, (Roeder) was able...to accomplish what we had not been able to do...So he followed his convictions and I admire that."

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http://www.msmagazine.com/news/uswirestory.asp?ID=12972
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1monster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 10:19 AM
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1. The last line quoted in your post sounds very much like a threat to me.
Edited on Sun Apr-24-11 10:22 AM by 1monster
This along with a letter that

"clearly intended to intimidate Dr. Means"


should have more than justified a "true threat" and Dr. Means request for a preliminary injuction should have been granted.

Dillard told AP "With one move, (Roeder) was able...to accomplish what we had not been able to do...So he followed his convictions and I admire that."



On edit: How can anyone who "admire(s)" murder call his/herself "prolife" and actually believe it????????????
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dems_rightnow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 10:24 AM
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2. That's nothing....
Compared to this part of the letter: "You will be checking under your car everyday - because maybe today is the day someone places an explosive under it."

Imagine having sent that letter to a political figure. I guarantee that much more than an injunction would have been done.
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niyad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 10:49 PM
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4. especially if it was a repuke political figure--the person sending would end up at gitmo or abut
ghraib
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niyad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 10:48 PM
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3. because in their sick little minds, they are convinced that they are protecting innocent lives--and
that their threatened, or actual, murders are, in reality, defense.

I haven't had a chance to see who appointed that idiot judge yet, but would almost certainly imagine it was some repuke.
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BlueIris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 11:47 PM
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5. Ew. nt
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niyad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 09:32 AM
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6. and the war against women continues apace
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