Anti-abortion activist Jennifer Rock told the Erie County Court on Friday that she helped James Kopp while he was on the run from authorities seeking to question him in the 1998 murder of Dr Barnett Slepian. Kopp, who confessed to the shooting of the obstetrician/gynecologist and abortion provider, maintains that he only intended to wound the doctor, not kill him.
Rock told the court that for three days in November, 1998, she helped Kopp elude capture, including dying his brown hair red, giving him a fake driverís license and $7,000 in cash, and driving him to Mexico, according to the Associated Press. Rock was promised immunity from prosecution in return for her testimony, AP reports.
In related news, journalists will be allowed to photograph but not televise the trial, a decision that disappoints Kopp, according to his lawyer. Kopp plans to take the stand during his trial and wanted his testimony televised, according to AP. The trial date is set for March 17.
11/21/2014 Fifth Circuit Court Refuses to Reconsider Ruling Blocking Mississippi TRAP Law - The full US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Thursday refused to reconsider a panel decision blocking enforcement of a Mississippi law that threatened to close the last remaining abortion clinic in the state.
In July, a panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a preliminary injunction against a Mississippi TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) law requiring abortion providers to obtain admitting privileges at local hospitals. . . .