Anti-Abortion Extremist Convicted on Firearms Charges
Former fugitive Clayton Lee Waagner was convicted yesterday on six counts of firearms and car theft charges, adding to previous convictions on weapons, theft, and escape charges. Waagner, who has made numerous threats on the lives of abortion providers, now awaits charges from federal authorities related to more than 500 anthrax threats he sent to reproductive health care facilities in October and November 2001. At the trial, Waagner, who defended himself, testified that he had indeed sent the anthrax threat letters to clinics nationwide. Authorities are expected to bring Waagner to Philadelphia for questioning related to the anthrax scare. Waagner has not yet been charged for those crimes.
Before this latest conviction, Waagner was sentenced to 30 years in prison for escaping from an Illinois jail last year where he was awaiting sentencing on weapons and stolen vehicle charges. Waagner may now face 15 years to life without parole as well as fines of up to $250,000 on each count against him.
Media Resources: Associated Press, 4/18/02; Feminist Majority Foundation
12/9/2013 Mixed Results for Afghanistan's Anti-Violence Against Women Law - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released their annual report on violence against women in Afghanistan yesterday, revealing mixed results of the country's Elimination of Violence against Women Law.
"A Way to Go: An Update on Implementation of the Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan [PDF]," found that there was a 28 percent increase in reports of violence against women from 2012 to 2013 , but only 17 percent of those were prosecuted under EVAW - a small 2 percent increase from last year.
The law, which was issued by the executive decree of President Hamid Karzai in 2009, criminalizes 22 acts of violence against women and specifies punishment for perpetrators. . . .