Francis Grady, 50, spoke to reporters covering his first appearance in federal court. The Green Bay Press-Gazette has a video of him walking through the courthouse followed by a short clip of him speaking to reporters outside.
Inside the courtroom Grady reportedly interrupted the judge to ask “Do you even care at all about the 1000 babies that died screaming?”
For it’s part the Obama administration has vowed to take the case seriously. U.S. Attorney James Santelle, Eastern District of Wisconsin will be prosecuting Grady issued the following statement:
“When the Congress passed the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act in 1994 it specifically empowered law enforcement to respond to those who engage in violent and other obstructive behaviors that interfere with access to reproductive services. The complaint that we filed today in federal court not only responds to the particular conduct of Francis Grady in committing arson at and causing damage to the Planned Parenthood Clinic in Grand Chute, but it also signals the continuing strong commitment of federal, state, and local authorities to ensure access to clinics–and to seek criminal penalties against anyone who would compromise that right.”
It’s important to remember that under the Bush administration FACE Act prosecutions were non-existent. Literally. They didn’t happen. So we should feel lucky that when one was necessary it was in a case of a really inept arson and not an outright assassination like Dr. Tiller.
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