Judy Thomas of the Kansas City Star reports that the eBay auction to raise money for Scott Roeder launched Sunday night despite eBay’s pledge to
nix it. Roeder is charged with the murder of Dr. George Tiller in the vestibule of his church on May 31st, 2009.
Roeder’s supporters want him to hire an attorney other than his public
defenders in order to use a “necessity defense,” saying that Tiller’s
killing was an act of justifiable homicide. (emphasis added).
"Organizers posted items that were less contentious
than those they’d originally planned to sell, and they used spellings
that make searches difficult," reports Thomas.
“I really am hopeful that eBay can
see that once this is up, that it is not a glorification of violence,”
said auction organizer Dave Leach, an abortion opponent from Iowa. “If
the auction stays up, it will only be because eBay has been shamed into
recognizing the nonviolent nature of the items.”
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were not available Sunday for comment to the Star, but last week had said the
proposed listings violated the company’s policy regarding offensive
“We do not oppose all listings that raise money for
legal defense funds,” said Jack Christin Jr., eBay’s associate general
counsel for government relations, in a Friday statement. “However, our
policy does not permit listings that benefit someone charged with or
convicted of a crime.”
Not to mention that suggesting that justifying the murder a doctor for performing a legal medical procedure for any reason will only serve to incite more violence.
The Star reports that items organizers
said were being donated last week included several drawings
submitted by Roeder; an Army of God manual that describes dozens of
ways to shut down abortion clinics; and a prison cookbook compiled by
Shelley Shannon, who shot Tiller in 1993 and is serving time for clinic
arsons and bombings.
On Sunday, however, the only items listed
were a document of religious instruction written by a convicted clinic
bomber and a Bible that belonged to Shannon.
“It has all the pro-life passages highlighted,” Leach said of the Bible.
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