Anti-Abortion Extremist Breaks Agreement to Stay Away from Mississippi Clinic
Anti-abortion extremist Roy McMillan admitted in court on Friday that he had violated a federal agreement to stay away from Mississippi's only abortion clinic. McMillan signed a consent decree in 1995 after violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act ( see PDF).
The Clarion Ledger reports that Dr. Joseph Booker, the physician at the Jackson Women's Health Organization, testified that he feared for his life. The federal complaint states that McMillan threatened Dr. Booker by saying multiple things like, "You may die today. Are you prepared to meet your maker? Repent."
The U.S. Justice Department attorney asked McMillan if killing abortion providers is morally justifiable, according to the Clarion Ledger. McMillan replied, "I think there are times you can break a law for a higher good."
If convicted, McMillan could face fines of up to $20,000 and he could be placed under increased restrictions in future protest activities. Federal Judge Henry Wingate should announce his decision later this week.
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The decision overturned a lower court order finding the law, known as HB 1297, unconstitutional and permanently blocking its enforcement. . . .
10/29/2014 Georgia Court Refuses to Recognize 40K Voter Registrations From Primarily People of Color and Young People - A state court judge on Tuesday refused to order the Georgia Secretary of State to add some 40,000 voters to the voter rolls, potentially disenfranchising thousands of African Americans and other people of color in the state.
Judge Christopher Brasher of the Fulton County Superior Court denied a petition from the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (LCCR), the New Georgia Project and the Georgia branch of the NAACP asking the court to force Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R) to process an estimated 40,000 "missing" voter registrations.
More than 100,000 voters were registered by the three groups, but about a third of those registered never made the rolls. . . .