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Judge OKs 'Necessity Defense' in Abort Doc Killing

Critics fear ruling will inspire new attacks

(Newser) - A Kansas judge has stunned prosecutors by ruling that the confessed killer of abortion doctor George Tiller can argue that the killing was a justified act aimed at saving unborn children. Prosecutors had fought to keep the abortion issue out of Scott Roeder's trial. Abortion rights advocates fear the ruling... More »

Judge Mulls 'Necessity Defense' in Doc Killing

Roeder claims he had to kill abortion physician to save fetuses

(Newser) - A Kansas judge will begin hearing motions today about whether or not to allow the killer of an abortion doctor to present a "neccesity defense," claiming that it was necessary to kill the physician to save fetuses. Scott Roeder, 51, has admitting gunning down Dr. George Tiller last... More »

Accused Killer of Abortion Doc Wrestles With Pro-Life Group

Operation Rescue denies donations

(Newser) - The Kansas City man accused of gunning down an abortion provider is upset over his rocky relationship with a major pro-life group, the Kansas City Star reports. In a jailhouse interview, Scott Roeder said he has donated thousands of dollars to Operation Rescue—which denies the donations, denounces Roeder, and... More »

Two Killers Eluded FBI Hunt for 'Lone Wolves'

(Newser) - The shootings of George Tiller and a National Holocaust Museum guard came despite a renewed FBI effort to preempt solo acts of political violence, the Wall Street Journal reports. Identifying such extremists—while respecting their civil rights—is a challenge. Both James von Brunn and Scott Roeder expressed their views... More »

Shooting Suspect: Closing of Abortion Clinic a 'Victory'

(Newser) - The man accused of murdering abortion provider George Tiller told CNN today that he considers it a “victory” that Tiller’s family will shut his Kansas clinic. The closure means “no more slicing and dicing of the unborn child,” Scott Roeder said in an interview. He did... More »

Feds to Probe Murder of Abortion Doc

Suspect may have broken 1994 law regulating clinic access

(Newser) - Federal investigators have opened a probe into the murder of abortion provider George Tiller, the AP reports. The Justice Department’s civil rights division will decide if Scott Roeder violated a federal law imposing criminal penalties for harmful conduct against abortion providers and patients. In a brief jailhouse phone interview,... More »

Feds Boost Abortion Clinic Security Amid Tiller Probe

FBI checks earlier vandalism incident

(Newser) - US Attorney General Eric Holder boosted security for abortion providers yesterday as the FBI investigated a vandalism incident at the clinic operated by slain doctor George Tiller, the Wichita Eagle reports. Tiller reported a threat last month, days after the Women’s Health Care Services clinic sustained thousands of dollars... More »

'Everyone' Thought Tiller Suspect Was Crazy: Ex-Wife

(Newser) - The ex-wife of the man suspected in yesterday’s fatal shooting of a Kansas abortion doctor says Scott Roeder underwent a mental evaluation and that, though he didn’t consider himself unstable, “everyone else did.” Lindsey Roeder says Scott’s views on abortion were so fierce she stopped... More »

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