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June-12-97

Eleven Abortion Opponents Found Guilty of Blocking Clinic

A federal judge has convicted Reverend Norman Weslin, the head of the so-called Lambs of Christ, and ten other of the group's members of blocking entrances at a Planned Parenthood in Rochester, New York. Wesson and three others were sentenced to four months in jail from U.S. District Judge David G. Larimer. Four others were placed on four months of supervised release and required to do 120 hours of community service. The defendants had, on December 7, 1996, resorted to super gluing the entrance of the clinic, and entangling themselves in a device called a "stove" to block the entrance. The bench trial of the defendants is first in New York tried under the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act.

Media Resources: Rochester Democrat & Chronicle - June 10, 1997