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Holder Loses Another Attack on Pro-Lifers

August 16th, 2013 - 10:41 am

PJ Media has covered the abusive attacks by Attorney General Eric Holder on peaceful pro-life protesters around the country.  Case after case has been thrown out of federal court by judges, often with lectures about how meritless the cases were.

Add another to Holder’s loss column.

U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten summarily found in favor of Angel Dillard in the 2011 civil lawsuit brought by the Justice Department under a law aimed at protecting access to abortion services. The 25-page decision handed down comes after a flurry of sealed filings seeking summary judgment.

The judge wrote that the government supplied no evidence that actual violence against Dr. Mila Means was likely or imminent.

“It was a great victory for the First Amendment,” said her attorney, Don McKinney. “Obviously, we agree with the opinion. I appreciate the court held the U.S. Department of Justice accountable to the law and the evidence.”

But this one is worse than just a loss, it’s a loss that the FBI agents on the case knew was coming.  The most troubling part of the Dillard case is that the FBI felt pressure from Washington to bring the case:
Her husband, Dr. Robert Dillard, also testified in his deposition that the agent from the Federal Bureau of Investigation who called them about the letter in April 2011 told the couple that he personally, and the FBI in general, were frustrated by the Justice Department’s lawsuit because they “felt it was undermining the trust and relationships that they were trying to develop with people who were not extremists but were still pro-life,” according to the court filing.

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When the DOJ prosecutes meritless cases that only serve to punish those who object to the administration's positions, the government should, at the least, pay all legal costs incurred for those defendants.
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