News Abortion

Man Who Allegedly Planned to “Lay Out Abortionists” Still Undergoing Competency Evaluation

Robin Marty

Wisconsin's Ralph Lang will now have until November 6th for federal authorities to determine if he can stand trial.

In May of 2011, Wisconsin man Ralph Lang was arrested after his handgun went off in a motel room.  When confronted by police, Lang told them he had come to Madison “to lay out abortionists because they are killing babies.”

Now, almost 6 months later, federal medical examiners are still trying to decide if he is competent enough to stand trial, after asking for another extension in mid October.

Via the Wausau Daily Herald:

In an Oct. 17 letter to the court, Lang complained about the delay and lack of access to his attorney. On Tuesday, Magistrate Stephen Crocker held a conference closed to the public to discuss Lang’s attorney-client concerns and in an order granted the federal medical officials’ request for a 30-day extension.Lang’s psychological evaluation is now due Nov. 6, after which Crocker will schedule a conference to determine how to proceed in the case. Lang’s attorney, Erika Bierma, requested the evaluation in June to determine whether Lang sufficiently understands the nature of the charges against him and whether he can assist in his defense.

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Lang has been charged in federal court with a misdemeanor for his alleged plan to injure or even kill reproductive health workers at the clinic.

News Abortion

Wisconsin Man Sentenced to Ten Years for Plotting to Kill a Planned Parenthood Doctor

Robin Marty

Ralph Lang was arrested in 2011 for plotting to kill a doctor at a Madison Planned Parenthood clinic after his gun went off in a local motel room. When police arrived at the motel, Lang told them that he intended "to lay out abortionists because they are killing babies.”

A Wisconsin man has been sentenced to ten years in prison for plotting to kill an abortion provider, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.

Ralph Lang was arrested in 2011 for plotting to kill a doctor at a Madison Planned Parenthood clinic after his gun went off in a local motel room. When police arrived at the motel, Lang told them that he intended “to lay out abortionists because they are killing babies.”

In May, Lang was convicted of attempted first-degree intentional homicide.

Lang’s prison sentence will be reduced by two-and-a-half years because of time served while undergoing competency hearings. Lang also was given ten years of extended supervision after his release.

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Dane County Circuit Judge Nicholas McNamara told Lang, “You have made choices that now require you to be out of society, out of the community. You have forfeited your right to live among us.” Judge McNamara also noted that Lang has never said his actions were wrong or that he would not follow through on his plot if he were free.

Lang still faces federal charges as well, for “using a firearm to intimidate or interfere with others using a program that receives federal assistance, and with using a firearm during a crime of violence,” according to the Journal.

News Violence

Jury Selection Begins in Trial Against Man Who Allegedly Planned to Kill Abortion Provider

Robin Marty

Ralph Lang's lawyer, Eric Schulenberg, reportedly plans to ask what "constituted an actual attempt to kill someone." During jury selection, Schulenberg drew an apparent parallel between the clinic plot and attempts to hunt wildlife.

It has been two years since he was arrested, and nearly a full year since he was found competent to stand trial. Now, Wisconsin anti-choice extremist Ralph Lang will stand trial for first-degree intentional homicide for allegedly plotting to kill a doctor at a Madison Planned Parenthood clinic. The jury was selected this week, and Lang’s defense lawyer, Eric Schulenberg, set the stage for trying to keep his client out of jail. Schulenberg’s defense strategy will center around the question “What does it mean to ‘attempt’ to kill someone?”

Lang was arrested in May 2011 after his gun went off in a Madison hotel room, shooting a door. When police arrived, Lang told them he was staying there so he could go to the nearby Planned Parenthood clinic and “lay out abortionists because they are killing babies.”

According to the Wisconsin State Journal, Lang’s lawyer will ask “whether Lang’s actions constituted an actual attempt to kill someone.” While questioning potential jurors, the Journal says Schulenberg asked “some who hunt and fish what they believe the moment to be when they ‘attempted’ to kill a deer or catch a fish.”

There’s no mention in the article of whether anyone in the jury pool reacted to the idea of comparing a plan to murder at least one person to a recreational hobby or sport, or the implied connection between someone who provides abortions and an animal.

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Lang is also facing federal charges for “interfering with recipients of a federally funded program,” but that case will not be heard until August.

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