Supreme Court Blocks Challenge to Clinic Violence Law
The Supreme Court rejected without comment the appeal of an anti-abortion protester who claimed she was wrongly denied a jury trial for violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act. In rejecting the appeal Monday, December 2, the Supreme Court upheld an earlier ruling by a federal judge who sentenced Marilyn Hatch with 30 days in jail and a $500 for an offense that could have led to a six month sentence and a $10,000 fine. In an earlier appeal, a U.S. appeals court noted that the Supreme Court does not consider six-month maximum prison terms enough to trigger a jury trial. In June 1994, Hatch and five other protesters were charged with violating the FACE law after creating a blockade at a Milwaukee clinic.
Media Resources: The Associated Press - December 2, 1996; Reuters - December 2, 1996]