WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Jurors have gone home without reaching a verdict in the trial of a Kansas anti-abortion activist accused of sending a letter suggesting someone might place an explosive under the car of a doctor training to perform abortions.
Deliberations will resume Friday in the trial of Angel Dillard. The lawsuit was filed under a federal law aimed at protecting access to abortion services.
A government attorney said during closing arguments Thursday it constituted a threat because Angel Dillard intended to make the Wichita doctor afraid to offer abortion services.
But a defense attorney portrayed the letter as simply a warning protected by the First Amendment.
The Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division sued Dillard in 2011 for sending the letter to Dr. Mila Means. At the time, abortions were not being performed in Wichita in the wake of the 2009 slaying of Dr. George Tiller.
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