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The Roeder Trial: Day Five

Day five of the Roeder trial: Scott Roeder, in his testimony today, decided as far back as 1993 that Dr. George Tiller needed to die.

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Roeder Trial Starts on Anniversary of Roe V. Wade Decision

In Kansas, Scott Roeder’s trial launches on the anniversary of the Roe V. Wade decision. But this trial should be about the murder of Dr. George Tiller, not about abortion.

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Judge “Leaves Door Open” For Biblical Defense as Tiller Murder Motive

A Kansas judge said he would “leave the door open” for Roeder’s defense team to argue to jurors that his religious beliefs about abortion compelled him to act, possibly opening the door to a conviction on lesser charges than first-degree murder.

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Former Kansas Atty General Chief of Staff Under Investigation for Ethics Violations in Tiller Case

The Wichita Eagle reports today that Eric Rucker, former top assistant to Kansas State Attorney General Phil Kline, faces a formal ethics complaint that he made misleading comments before the Kansas Supreme Court in attempts to prosecute Dr. George Tiller for violations of Kansas law for which Tiller was repeatedly found innocent.

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In 180 Degree Shift, Roeder’s Attorney Protests Efforts by Prosecutors to Ban “Necessity Defense.”

After vociferously denying a “necessity defense” could be mounted in the case of Scott Roeder, the man accused of shooting Kansas doctor George Tiller in May, the public defender representing Roeder is fighting prosecutors’ efforts to ban the so-called necessity defense from his trial.

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When Life Imitates (Bad) “Art” Imitating Delusion: Roeder’s Lawyer Says “No Such Thing” As “Necessity Defense”

Roeder’s lawyer says so-called necessity defense is a fiction of the imagination of extremist anti-choice groups.

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eBay Removes Auction Item Extolling Violence

Today, eBay removed the listing for a bible signed by radical anti-choice extremists and put up for auction as a means of raising funds for the “justifiable homicide” defense of Scott Roeder, the man charged with murdering Dr. George Tiller in the vestibule of his church in May.

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Description of Bible in Roeder Auction Used to Justify Violence Against Providers

The description of a “prolife” bible offered for auction on eBay by a group seeking to fund a “justifiable homicide” defense for Scott Roeder uses the bible as a rationale for justifying killing providers.

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Talking Points Memo: Gallery of Auction Items for Roeder’s Defense

Talking Points Memo offers this slideshow of items originally planned for auction on eBay by anti-choice extremists seeking to fund Roeder’s “justifiable homicide” defense in the killing of Dr. George Tiller.

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Roundup: Clinic Protest; Roeder Bible Study; Australian Woman Threatened by Complicated Pregnancy Waits for Government to Act

The clinic protest that was not: Pro-choice advocates far outnumber those seeking to disrupt services in Nebraska; Scott Roeder attended bible study group with “anti-government” philosophy; Queensland woman with serious pregnancy complications denied access to safe abortion unless government officials act.

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