Abortion

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

Jodi Jacobson

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.

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.

Abortion

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

Jodi Jacobson

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

A couple of weeks back, a much-criticized episode of Law and Order portrayed a “fictional” situation in which a man murders an abortion provider and then claims a “necessity defense,” his “need” to kill a doctor providing completely legal medical services to protect “unborn children.”

In real life, however, no such defense exists.

Instead, it is a fiction of the imagination of extremist anti-choice terrorists who believe that their self-justified ends also justify whatever means they use to achieve them.

Law and Order adopted its premise from extremist anti-abortion groups–thereby giving them legitimacy–seeking to use this defense for Scott Roeder, the man who murdered Kansas Dr. George Tiller last May
Well thankfully, reality has now intruded.  The Wichita Eagle reports this morning that Roeder’s own lawyer says no such defense exists.

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“There’s no such thing as the necessity defense,” said Steve Osburn,
head of the Sedgwick County Public Defender’s Office and Roeder’s lead
counsel. “This is a fictional defense made up by these people.”

It’s not a legal defense, either, Osburn said.

“There is nothing in the law of Kansas, or anywhere else, that allows this kind of defense,” Osburn said.

 

The
defense that Roeder had hoped for, says the Eagle, “isn’t recognized by law, but it is
included on numerous Web sites, mostly by anti-abortion activists. That
includes ScottRoeder.org, sponsored by a group calling itself the
“radical fringe,” registered to an address in Wisconsin.”

Even some anti-choice extremists realize the ridiculous nature of this “defense.”

“My
first reaction was, ‘Hey, Roeder, this isn’t ‘Law and Order.’ Or
Hollywood,” said Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue in Wichita.
“No
matter what his defense is, it is not representative of the pro-life
movement, and I wish he’d stop trying to identify with people who abhor
people who use violence to justify their religious beliefs.”

The Eagle article goes on to describe the issues around jury selection and legal process in the forthcoming trial for Roeder.

Abortion

eBay Removes Auction Item Extolling Violence

Jodi Jacobson

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.

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.

eBay had earlier said that it would not allow the posting for auction of items associated with the defense of someone charged with or convicted of a crime, but the items appeared on eBay last night and this morning.

The description of the bible in the eBay listing made numerous references to reasons for justification of violence.

Another item listed was a “catechism” booklet signed by leaders of the Army of God, which openly calls for violence against women’s health care providers and which celebrated the murder of Dr. Tiller.

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Rewire reported on these developments throughout the day and initiated a Twitter campaign calling on eBay to remove the items.