US District Judge Anita Brody signed an order to delay the sentencing of self-proclaimed anti-abortion "terrorist" Clayton Lee Waagner until the US Supreme Court rules on two unrelated cases that will clarify federal sentencing guidelines. Waagner was convicted of mailing envelopes filled with fake anthrax to women’s health clinics in December 2003. At his trial, Wagner called himself a terrorist, saying that those who provide abortions deserve to be shot, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports.
Waagner is expected to face decades in prison on counts that include threatening to use a weapon of mass destruction. Waagner was placed on the FBI’s most wanted list after escaping from prison in 2001, reports WATE.com, at which time authorities found a pipe bomb and anti-abortion literature in a vehicle he had abandoned.
The constitutionality of federal sentencing guidelines, in place for the past 17 years, was called into question recently when the US Supreme Court ruled that only juries, not judges, have the authority to lengthen the sentence of a convict past the statutory norm, according to CentreDaily.com. The Supreme Court will likely take up the matter in October. In the meantime, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports that Waagner is already serving a 49-year term for weapons violations and car theft.
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. . . .