Witnesses in Kopp Murder Case To Receive Protective Order
Judge Michael D’Amico ruled yesterday that witnesses in the James Kopp murder trial would receive a protective order to conceal their identities, according to the Associated Press. James Kopp, an anti-abortion extremist, is accused of murdering obstetrician and gynecologist Barnett Slepian in 1998. The protective order is designed to preclude any harassment of witnesses due to the enormous amount of publicity surrounding Kopp’s capture and extradition from France
Kopp pleaded not guilty to a state charge of second-degree murder and federal charges of using a firearm to commit a violent crime and violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE), which prohibits either using or threatening force to block access to reproductive health clinics. Kopp’s federal trial is expected to begin late next year after his state trial concludes.
Media Resources: Kaisernetwork.org 7/16/02; Feminst Majority
11/20/2014 Federal Appeals Court Rejects Priests for Life Challenge to Birth Control Coverage Rule - In a victory for women's health, a unanimous panel of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit on Friday rejected a challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive coverage benefit brought by Priests for Life, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington and other religiously affiliated non-profit organizations.
Judge Nina Pillard, a former law professor who was nominated to the DC Circuit by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate in December, wrote the opinion for the Court, which found that the ACA birth control benefit did not substantially burden or violate non-profits' religious freedom.
Under the Affordable Care Act, health insurance companies must cover the full cost of all FDA-approved contraceptives - including the pill, IUDs, and emergency contraception - without requiring co-pays or cost-sharing. . . .