Jennifer Sperle and Clark Martin, Virginia anti-abortion activists, were indicted on federal conspiracy and arson charges for fires at two clinics. Each could face 45 years in prison and $250,000 in fines if convicted of causing the 1994 fire at the Newport News clinic and the 1995 fire at the Tidewater Womenís Health Center in Norfolk. According to the indictment, Sperle also tried to instruct others in the how-toís of destroying clinics and provided an instruction manual.
"The good news here is that they got two indictments, which indicates the Justice Department didnít just abandon its abortion violence investigation as some anti-abortionists had mistakenly claimed in January," said Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation. "Itís encouraging that they could bring a conspiracy charge, because some anti-abortionists have been saying there is no conspiracy," Smeal said.
3/6/2014 Senate Rejects Qualified Obama Nominee to Lead DOJ Civil Rights Division - The US Senate blocked President Obama's nominee to lead the Civil Rights Division within the Department of Justice.
Senators voted 47-52 yesterday in opposition to Debo Adegbile, a highly qualified attorney who worked in private practice at the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison before holding several leadership positions at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, including Director of Litigation, Acting President, Director-Counsel, and Special Counsel, and serving as senior counsel to the US Senate Judiciary Committee.
Adegbile is a voting rights expert. . . .