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August 31, 1991 | From Associated Press
A federal judge on Friday ordered abortion protest leaders to get out of town and stay out, possibly ending 46 days of demonstrations and blockades at three abortion clinics. Abortion rights advocates and law enforcement officials, however, stopped short of saying that the summer siege had ended. "I'm not going to throw my party until I see the plane take off," said Peggy Jarman, spokeswoman for the ProChoice Action League of Wichita. "We're not really sure what is going to happen.
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January 13, 2010 | Mcclatchy Newspapers
A district judge refused Tuesday to prevent the man charged with killing abortion provider George Tiller from pursuing a defense of voluntary manslaughter. Prosecutors had asked Judge Warren Wilbert to block Scott Roeder, 51, from building a case that might lead to a lesser charge than first-degree premeditated murder. Roeder has admitted shooting Tiller on May 31, but said he killed him to protect the unborn. Kansas law defines voluntary manslaughter as the "honest but unreasonable belief" that the use of force was necessary in defense of another.
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August 13, 1991 | From Associated Press
A federal judge handed out prison sentences to three anti-abortion demonstrators on Monday, then tossed out two of the sentences when the protesters promised to obey his order against blockading women's clinics. Eight others were cleared of contempt and freed. U.S. District Judge Patrick F. Kelly sentenced Richard A. Czekaj of Santa Barbara, Calif., to four months for contempt, for taking a leadership role and directing protesters to block a car in front of a clinic.
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December 23, 2009 | Mcclatchy Newspapers
A district judge ruled Tuesday that the man accused of killing abortion provider George Tiller would go on trial here next month, but he disallowed use of the "necessity defense." Judge Warren Wilbert said he would "leave the door open" for Scott Roeder to present other evidence and arguments that he killed the Wichita doctor in the belief that he was saving the lives of fetuses. That means Roeder's public defenders could ask jurors to consider crimes less than first-degree premeditated murder.
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November 30, 1998 | Associated Press
A 27-year veteran federal Kansas City, Kan., judge and his wife were found fatally shot in their home Sunday, federal authorities said. U.S. District Judge Earl O'Connor, 76, and his 66-year-old wife, Jean Ann O'Connor, were discovered when the couple failed to respond to a nurse who regularly visited their home, said Jeff Lanza, special agent in the Kansas City office of the FBI. A gun was found in the bedroom where both bodies were discovered, he said.
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January 13, 2010 | Mcclatchy Newspapers
A district judge refused Tuesday to prevent the man charged with killing abortion provider George Tiller from pursuing a defense of voluntary manslaughter. Prosecutors had asked Judge Warren Wilbert to block Scott Roeder, 51, from building a case that might lead to a lesser charge than first-degree premeditated murder. Roeder has admitted shooting Tiller on May 31, but said he killed him to protect the unborn. Kansas law defines voluntary manslaughter as the "honest but unreasonable belief" that the use of force was necessary in defense of another.
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December 23, 2009 | Mcclatchy Newspapers
A district judge ruled Tuesday that the man accused of killing abortion provider George Tiller would go on trial here next month, but he disallowed use of the "necessity defense." Judge Warren Wilbert said he would "leave the door open" for Scott Roeder to present other evidence and arguments that he killed the Wichita doctor in the belief that he was saving the lives of fetuses. That means Roeder's public defenders could ask jurors to consider crimes less than first-degree premeditated murder.
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November 30, 1998 | Associated Press
A 27-year veteran federal Kansas City, Kan., judge and his wife were found fatally shot in their home Sunday, federal authorities said. U.S. District Judge Earl O'Connor, 76, and his 66-year-old wife, Jean Ann O'Connor, were discovered when the couple failed to respond to a nurse who regularly visited their home, said Jeff Lanza, special agent in the Kansas City office of the FBI. A gun was found in the bedroom where both bodies were discovered, he said.
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August 31, 1991 | From Associated Press
A federal judge on Friday ordered abortion protest leaders to get out of town and stay out, possibly ending 46 days of demonstrations and blockades at three abortion clinics. Abortion rights advocates and law enforcement officials, however, stopped short of saying that the summer siege had ended. "I'm not going to throw my party until I see the plane take off," said Peggy Jarman, spokeswoman for the ProChoice Action League of Wichita. "We're not really sure what is going to happen.
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August 13, 1991 | From Associated Press
A federal judge handed out prison sentences to three anti-abortion demonstrators on Monday, then tossed out two of the sentences when the protesters promised to obey his order against blockading women's clinics. Eight others were cleared of contempt and freed. U.S. District Judge Patrick F. Kelly sentenced Richard A. Czekaj of Santa Barbara, Calif., to four months for contempt, for taking a leadership role and directing protesters to block a car in front of a clinic.
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