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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Anti-Abortion Terrorist Scott Roeder Spews the Usual Republican "Rights for Me, None for Thee" Mantra

The man who killed Wichita abortion doctor George Tiller has filed a petition complaining that his rights have been violated and asking to be released from custody. Scott Roeder, 52, of Kansas City, criticized the judge, the jail, prosecutors and his lawyers in a habeas corpus petition filed in Sedgwick County, Kan. A hearing is scheduled for June 4. Roeder said the judge’s imposition of a $20 million bond “along with a suggestion that I might enact ‘more’ violence if I make bond demonstrates heightened disregard for the presumption of my innocence.”

I wonder if Roeder's bragging confessions to this brutal political assassination of a law-abiding fellow citizen had anything to do with this diminution of that presumption of innocence?
Roeder complained that the names and addresses of his visitors and correspondents had been made public by the jail “and that some of these have been subjected to questioning by the police power as a consequence.”

I wonder if the connections of many of Roeder's visitors to anti-abortion terror-networks praising acts of violence against dedicated embattled healthcare providers of vitally important perfectly legal women's healthcare procedures had anything to do with their subsequent questioning by law enforcement personnel doing their jobs to protect the safety of American citizens?
Roeder said prosecutors had “made libelous allegations against me.” For example, he said, Sedgwick County District Attorney Nola Foulston told the judge that a reasonable person would believe that he had engaged in “alleged acts of American terrorism.”

It ain't libel if it's true, asshole.


Martin said...

Roeder said prosecutors had “made libelous allegations against me.”

LOL, that's basically a prosecutor's job description. If libel is an accusation of criminal conduct *before* someone has been convicted of a crime, then every single person who has ever been indicted has been libeled.

But by Roeder's own admission, the prosecutor used the word "alleged", and that makes all the difference.

Martin said...

Also, there's a good reason why they set the bond so high. I'm surprised they didn't deny bond entirely. Roeder is eligible for the death penalty, and he's associated with a network of people who cheered his actions, and could help scuttle him off to a country like Ireland that doesn't extradite people charged with capital crimes. It's possible that he could escape forever and live openly.

Dale Carrico said...

Excellent points all, Martin. Very much agreed.