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
9/12/2014 Violence Against Women Act Turns 20 - Saturday will be the 20th Anniversary of the groundbreaking federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
Passed in 1994, VAWA was the first piece of federal legislation to specifically address domestic violence and sexual assault as crimes and to provide federal funding to improve local response to violence against women, including training and resources for law enforcement and judges.
President Barack Obama on Tuesday issued a proclamation commemorating the VAWA anniversary. . . .
9/12/2014 Indiana Woman Charged With Feticide For Premature Delivery - An Indiana woman has been charged with feticide after she delivered prematurely and sought hospital treatment.
Purvi Patel, 33, sought help at an emergency room for vaginal bleeding where it was discovered that she had delivered prematurely at home. . . .