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Roeder May Face Federal Indictment

Roeder May Face Federal Indictment

Even though Scott Roeder is in prison for the brutal murder of Dr. George Tiller, it looks like the case may not quite be over yet.  According to reports, a federal grand jury is investigating a possible broader conspiracy behind the murder.  The source, who spoke only on a condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to publicly disclose the investigation said that federal civil rights prosecutors were holding grand jury proceedings in Kansas City, looking into whether a broader case surrounds Dr. Tiller’s death.

The investigation is built in part on Roeder’s own trial testimony where he testified that he discussed his planned attack with others.  Prior to the trial Roeder was in contact with Operation Rescue’s senior policy advisor Cheryl Sullenger.  Sullenger is no stranger to domestic terrorism.  She tried to blow up a clinic 20 years ago.

Roeder also has strong ties to the militia movement, so any investigation would necessarily look into those ties as well.  Two of Roeder’s former roommates have already testified before the grand jury as well.  One of the roommates, Tim Parks, testified that the grand jury was asking him about a Bible study group that Roeder attended, making the other members of that group possible targets as well.

During the trial the U.S. government had sent a civil rights prosecutor down to watch the trial, so the grand jury is a likely outcome of those observations.  While it may take a while it is well worth the time, particularly if the prosecutors can establish a link between people like Sullenger and militia members.  The fact that the grand jury has been called and is taking testimony also shows that, finally, the federal government is treating crimes against reproductive health care providers as the acts of domestic terrorism that they are. 

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8:14PM PDT on Oct 14, 2010

Thanks for the article.

5:41PM PDT on Oct 14, 2010

@ Marilyn L. Most of what you say is, at least, logical, however, if I am pro choice, which I am, I should be allowed to, at least choose my own euthanasia too. I was always rabidly pro the death penalty for criminals. Ya know, 'an eye for an eye.....yada yada', but the longer I live in this country (not my own), the more I see the injustice of the 'Justice system' as in 'the best lawyer/politician/detective money can buy or twist to suit the powers that be (usually the Repubs) the more Democratic is my thinking. (Look at OJ!) (My MIL told me when I first married that the older I got, the more Conservative I would become! HA! She must have known her dear son would drink all our money and leave me with nothing but SS!)
Therefore, pro choice, yes for women who cannot or will not have a child, and pro choice for me, when the unbearable pain I already have each day, incapacitates me to the point of life with out joy. At the moment, knitting, sewing, cooking, painting, fulfills me, but if I should be unable to do these things let me kill myself or be killed and don't let YOUR RELIGION interfere with my needs and desires.

5:35AM PDT on Oct 14, 2010

It was a conspiracy and those responsible should all be indicted for complicity in causing death and serious injury to these third parties.

10:28AM PDT on Oct 13, 2010

I'm not surprised at this connection. It's interesting how these are now the same people who are so afraid of so called Sharia law and all that other nonsense. I'm more afraid of Operation Rescue and the white men only groups they are allied with because there are so many of them and the GOP uses them to get elected.I'm so very glad I had the opportunity to use safe birth control methods during the years of my fertility and that when they failed I was able able to abort safely too. My life and the life of my children are much better than if I had been forced to be pregnant constantly.

8:38PM PDT on Oct 12, 2010

To Cathy C,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss, which from your comments seems to still be very raw and painful to you. I am even more sorry that your points are so correct about the way most people react to a miscarriage: usually pretty callous -- anything from "get over it" to "God's plan" -- and I'm sure none of it any comfort to you at a time that is painful and frightening.

Thanks for telling your story. I know it will stay with me to be as compassionate as possible any time someone I know goes through loss and grief.

7:29PM PDT on Oct 12, 2010

Does this mean that Bill O'Reilly needs to "lawyer up"? He was quite incessant in his bashing of Dr. Tiller before this Roeder beast killed the poor man. Freedom of speech notwithstanding, isn't urging someone to commit violence considered aiding an abetting a criminal act if said violence takes place?

12:45PM PDT on Oct 12, 2010

I agree completely with Mike Masley, in outlining the selectivity of when & whose, lives are "protected". To add to the list big-time; were they pro life when they successfully fought the use of any public finds for HIV research at the beginning of the epidemic? The subsequent delay in developing effective treatment options denied thousands even a fighting chance at survival. I remember the era well. The endless deaths were greeted with a smug 'joy & exaltation', although today they deny it. They took no interest in assisting the victims of AIDS until heterosexual Africa; their latest recruiting grounds; became decimated.

12:21PM PDT on Oct 12, 2010

To Monica R: You life begins at conception people make me want to puke.
You are absolutely wrong in thinking that life begins at conception. I know from personal experience. I had a spontaneous abortion at 8 weeks of pregnancy. It fell into the toilet of my bathroom. I fished it out with a slated spoon. It was nothing but a mass of tissue. Gray in color. There was no head, no body, no arms and legs, no hands and feet. I put it in a plastic baggie and took it with me to the hospital. I have no idea what happened to it for they took it from me after I got there, because it wasn't a life. Why was no birth certificate issued? Why was there no funeral? Why was it not buried in a cemetery with a headstone? Why was there no grief or mourning period? Where were all the do goody pro life people coming to my home with their casseroles offering to feed my family, do housework, do laundry, care for my other children already born, so that I wouldn't have to do so in my time of grief? One such idiot did come over to my house to tell me that "it was god's plan". Doesn't that make god a murdering abortionist? Of course not. For, it was not a life. Throughout history and time, it has never been considered a life. Funny, isn't it, that such a blastocyte only became a life after 1872 when Roe v. Wade was decided.

8:22AM PDT on Oct 12, 2010

I will never honor these monsters as pro-life, only anti-choice. They try to cloak themselves as for life, but if you watch what they do, you will see that they don't give a dam about life.... send people into war to die, slaughter our wildlife, trash the environment... no problem, but abort a dividing cluster of cells ---- oh henious crime. Committing murder pretty well rules out any true reverence for life, hypocrites!!!!

7:18AM PDT on Oct 12, 2010

Pro lifers are pro life for the fetus, not for the child. Just see their track record on childrens' policy. They are prolife when they bomb a clinic, they are prolife when they went into Iraq and Afghanistan. Are they prolife when the attack black children in Mississippi? Seeing that there is a zero population growth amongst white christians in America, are those the babies they really want to protect? Were they prolife in supporting forced sterilization of Native American women in the 1970s? Are they prolife in supporting the death penalty?

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