Jury selection began yesterday in the trial of anti-abortion extremist James Kopp, who confessed to the sniper-style killing of Dr. Barnett Slepian, a Buffalo, NY obstetrician/gynecologist and abortion provider. Potential jurors, to be chosen from a pool of 600 people, began filling out a 16-page questionnaire that included several questions about their views on abortion and religion. With defense attorney Bruce Barket expected to turn the trial into a “forum on abortion” arguing that Kopp’s shooting of Slepian was “justifiable homicide,” jurors’ opinions on abortion could come into play, according to the Kaiser Daily Reproductive Health Report.
“Everybody, obviously, unless you’ve been living in a cave, would have an opinion about abortion,” Joe Marusak, Erie County prosecutor, told the Hamilton Spectator. “We’re just looking for people who will be able to not allow their opinion of abortion influence their finding of the facts and applying the law to the facts.”
Kopp, who killed Dr. Barnett Slepian in 1998 while he was fixing dinner inside his home, is currently being held in a Buffalo jail after evading authorities for two-and-a-half years. DNA evidence has been found linking Kopp to the attempted murder of Canadian doctor Hugh Short, who was shot in his home in 1995. Kopp also is the prime suspect in the sniper-style shootings of three other abortion providers.
With jury selection expected to be complete by March 17, testimony will then begin on state charges of second-degree murder and “murder with depraved indifference to life” against Kopp, which could carry a maximum of 25 years in prison. Kopp will later face federal charges under the Freedom Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE) of using deadly force against an abortion provider.
Media Resources: Kaiser Daily Reproductive Health Report 3/4/03; Hamilton Spectator 3/1/03; Associated Press 3/3/03
12/18/2014 American Apparel Hired Its First-Ever Woman Chief Executive to Replace Dov Charney - Six months after retail store American Apparel fired its chief executive and founder Dov Charney, the company has hired retail executive Paula Schneider as a replacement.
Schneider, who will become American Apparel's first female chief executive, will take over the position as of January 5.
Charney had led American Apparel since 1998 and became well-known from American Apparel's sexist advertising and from several sexual harassment lawsuits and sexual assault accusations against him by former employees. . . .
12/18/2014 Obama's Judicial Appointments Most Diverse in History - Congress came to a close on Tuesday night with the Senate confirmation of 12 new federal judges and 12 executive appointments - including Vivek Murthy as Surgeon General, Sarah Saldana as head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Tony Blinken as deputy Secretary of State. . . .