Extremist Kopp May Be Extradited to Canada to Face Shooting Charges
Anti-abortion extremist James Kopp, who is currently imprisoned for killing an abortion provider near Buffalo, NY, may be extradited to Canada to face more charges. Kopp, who was recently convicted on federal charges for violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act and is also serving a 25-year-to-life sentence on state charges for murdering Dr. Barnett Slepian, is suspected in the non-fatal shootings of three Canadian abortion providers: Dr. Garson Romalis in Vancouver, Dr. Hugh Short in Ontario, and Dr. Jack Fainman in Winnepeg. All three doctors were shot in their homes in the mid-1990s. Thus far, Kopp has only been charged with the shooting of Dr. Short.
"You have shootings where no one has been held accountable," Sgt. John Burchill of the Winnipeg Police Department, the Associated Press reports. "People are looking for closure for the victims, but also a broader closure for the community."
Canadian officials would have to wait until Kopp's sentencing trial, which is due to start June 19, is over before extraditing him to Canada.
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Media Resources: AP 2/10/07; The Hamilton Spectator 2/12/07; Winnipeg Sun 2/11/07