Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Defendant Says Threatening Letter Was Divinely Inspired

Last year the U.S. Department of Justice filed a civil lawsuit against Kansas resident Angel Dillard under the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act.(Full text of complaint.) She was charged with sending a threatening letter to a Wichita doctor who is training to provide abortion services.  The letter, which warned that some day explosives may be placed under the doctor's car, was a particular concern because Dillard had befriended Scott Roeder after he was convicted of murdering abortion provider Dr. George Tiller. (See prior related posting.) Yesterday AP reported that Dillard has now filed a counterclaim, contending that "she was inspired by God" to send the threatening letter. She believes that her message was "divinely inspired" and should be within the 1st Amendment's protection of speech and religion. Dillard says that the government's lawsuit and related publicity led to her losing ministry positions at her church and at the Sedgwick County Detention Center