WICHITA, Kan. – Before the first juror is selected or witness called, a decision allowing a confessed killer to argue he believes the slaying of one of the nation's few late-term abortion providers was a justified act aimed at saving unborn children has upended what most expected to be an open-and-shut case.
Abortion opponents are pleasantly stunned and eager to watch Scott Roeder tell a jury his slaying of Wichita doctor George Tiller was voluntary manslaughter. Tiller's colleagues and abortion rights advocates are outraged and fear the court's actions give a more than tacit approval to further acts of violence.
"This judge has basically announced a death sentence for all of us who help women," said Dr. Warren Hern of Boulder, Colo., a longtime friend of Tiller who also performs late-term abortions. "That is the effect of the ruling."
The facts of the case are not in dispute: On a balmy Sunday morning, Roeder got up from a pew at Wichita's Reformation Lutheran Church at the start of services and walked to the foyer, where Tiller and a fellow usher were chatting around a table. Wordlessly, he pressed the barrel of a .22-caliber handgun to Tiller's forehead and pulled the trigger.
Prosecutors charged Roeder with first-degree murder, and the 51-year-old from Kansas City, Mo., later admitted to reporters and in a court filing that he killed Tiller. The prosecution stands ready with more than 250 prospective witnesses to prove it.
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 7:58 PM on Jan. 11, 2010
That two wrongs dont make a right and that killing this man will NOT stop the WOMEN from killing their babies. Thats just stupid.
Answer by momof030404 at 8:14 PM on Jan. 11, 2010
Answer by urkiddingright at 8:25 PM on Jan. 11, 2010
Answer by Crissy1213 at 9:36 PM on Jan. 11, 2010
Seems a bit scary to me that the judge is allowing this defense.
Answer by Friday at 10:01 PM on Jan. 11, 2010
Answer by LiliM at 10:03 PM on Jan. 11, 2010
I am impressed that most pro life people are sticking to their guns, and denouncing him. It actually makes me want to listen to their opinion, rather than just walk away
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 10:28 PM on Jan. 11, 2010
Answer by Pnukey at 10:35 PM on Jan. 11, 2010
Answer by PsychologyMama at 10:41 PM on Jan. 11, 2010
Answer by yourspecialkid at 10:42 PM on Jan. 11, 2010