Catching up on Roeder now.
First, it is still possible that federal charges will be laid against him.
For a week, a federal investigator sat in a Wichita courtroom and listened to testimony that Scott Roeder murdered abortion provider George Tiller.
Even after the conviction came a week ago, federal investigators are still at work.
They are looking into whether the 51-year-old Kansas City man truly acted alone; at least one Roeder supporter made a striking comment about the crime last week. They might consider federal charges against Roeder as well.
It's happened before: Two other anti-abortion activists who killed abortion providers in the 1990s were charged with violating the federal Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, signed into law in 1994 to prevent clinic violence. Like Roeder, the activists also were convicted of state murder charges.
Why push for federal charges when prosecutors already are assured of a long sentence?
"Additional penalties that can be assessed," said Richard Levy, a University of Kansas law professor who followed Roeder's trial. "That way, they could avoid any chance of him ever being paroled.
"Another reason for a federal prosecution is that if there might be others involved, a federal case might provide a vehicle for getting that information, whereas the state may not have an interest or the wherewithal to investigate a conspiracy that involves people in several states."
Well, we know good and well others were involved.
Federal authorities last week heard Roeder tell jurors that he began thinking about killing Tiller as far back as 1993, when Rachelle "Shelley" Shannon shot Tiller in both arms as he was leaving his clinic. During cross-examination by Sedgwick County District Attorney Nola Foulston, Roeder said he sought out people who shared his belief that killing abortion providers was an act of justifiable homicide.
Roeder testified that he visited Shannon in prison in Topeka and that he admired her for shooting Tiller. He also said he and Shannon applauded others who had been involved in abortion-related violence.
"And these individuals were people you might have counted among your friends?" Foulston asked.
"Yes," Roeder replied.
On February 2, Shannon issued a statement from prison.
In her e-mail, Shannon said the judge had been influenced by media and abortion rights activists who said that if Roeder had been allowed to use that defense more abortion doctors would be killed.
"Abortionists are killed because they are serial murderers of innocent children who must be stopped, and they will continue to be stopped, even though Scott didn't get a fair trial," she wrote. "May God bless Scott for his faithfulness and brave actions and stand."
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FBI spokeswoman Bridget Patton said Shannon's e-mail was not specific enough to require investigation.
We remember nutbar Shelley Shannon, don't we? She was going to contribute her prison cookbook for the aborted (snerk) fundraiser for Roeder's legal costs.
And speaking of legal matters, Roeder's lawyers yesterday signalled their intent to ask for a new trial or order of acquital.
Among other reasons, they cite a decision by the judge at Roeder's trial last month to not allow jurors to consider a lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter.
Apparently, such moves are routine, but the lawyers might wish they'd checked on what one of their client's good friends was up to yesterday.
Army of God associate and good buddy of Roeder's, Dave Leach, posted a YouTubed interview with Roeder.
As he awaits sentencing for first-degree murder, Scott Roeder said in an interview released Monday that he has little sympathy for Wichita abortion doctor George Tiller’s family.
“The fact that George Tiller was involved in the practice that he was, similar to that of a hit man, if you could have sympathy for a hit man’s family, that is the sympathy I would have,” Roeder told anti-abortion activist Dave Leach in interviews recorded last week from jail. “If they would have talked the man into stopping his practice many years ago, this would not have had to happen.”
Leach intends to post a series of such interviews.
But this may not be such a shit-hot good idea.
Carl Tobias, a law professor at the University of Richmond School of Law, said Roeder’s statements could be used against him at his sentencing.
“Typically, in this kind of case, the defendant would want to do everything he or she could do to avoid a stiff sentence,” Tobias said. “So what lawyers tend to advise their clients — and clients usually follow their advice — is to say nothing, just because of the concern about prejudicing the sentencing.”
However, he added: “There hasn’t been very much that’s been normal about this case.”
I ask you -- could Scott Roeder be a more perfect patsy for the fetus fetishists?