Archive for Friday, March 16, 2012

Abortion activist asks judge, not jury to try case

March 16, 2012


— An abortion opponent accused of sending a threatening letter to a Wichita doctor who was training to offer abortions wants a judge, not a jury, to decide her case.

Angel Dillard filed a motion Friday in federal court in Kansas opposing a government request for a jury trial. The Justice Department sued Dillard under a law aimed at protecting access to abortion services.

The Valley Center woman told Dr. Mila Means in a letter last year that the doctor would have to check under her car every day for explosives.

No abortions have been openly done in Wichita since Dr. George Tiller was killed by an abortion opponent.

Dillard argued her association with Tiller's murderer would prejudice some jurors and a judge would be able to set aside personal feelings.


JayhawkFan1985 6 years ago

These people are terrorists. She knows she committed a crime. That is why she is afraid of a jury.

jhawkinsf 6 years ago

If she knows she committed a crime, as you suggest, then asking to be heard by a judge rather than a jury is a foolish plan. It would only take one sympathetic juror to acquit, while a judge is likely to simply follow the law. Perhaps she is also acting as her own attorney.

JayhawkFan1985 6 years ago

Judges are more likely to be dispassionate in their decisions. I believe a jury would be outraged.

verity 6 years ago

Did she sign her name to this letter? If she did, that pretty much tells you about her mental abilities.

Richard Heckler 6 years ago

10 Reasons the Rest of the World Thinks the U.S. Is Nuts

This week the Georgia State legislature debated a bill in the House, that would make it necessary for a woman to carry a stillborn baby until she 'naturally' goes into labor just as, according to Representative Terry England, pregnant cows and pigs do.

I have a question for Terry Edwards, Sam Brownback, Rick Santorum, Rick Perry and too many others: I have three daughters, two of them twins. If one of my twins had been stillborn would you have made me carry her to term, thereby endangering both the other twin and me? Or, would you have insisted that the state order a mandatory fetal extraction of the living twin fetus from my womb so that I could continue to carry the stillborn one to term and possibly die myself? My family is curious and since you believe my uterus is your public property, I am, too.

Mr. England, unlike the calves and pigs for which you expressed so much empathy, I am not a beast of burden. I am a woman and I have these human rights:

Commenting has been disabled for this item.