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'Religious Terrorism' Cited at NY Abortion Trial

Anti-abortion militant James Kopp performed “religious terrorism” when he shot a Buffalo, New York, doctor in 1998, a prosecutor alleged at his murder trial on Monday, but Kopp’s lawyer argued he did not intend to kill. The trial proceeded in front of a judge alone in Erie County Court in Buffalo after Kopp made a surprise switch in legal strategy last week, waiving his right to a jury trial for the murder of obstetrician-gynecologist Dr. Barnett Slepian. “He thinks he is serving some higher power, but this is religious terrorism,” prosecutor Joe Marusak told the court in summarizing the state’s case. Marusak added mockingly of Kopp, a devout Roman Catholic, “Say Grace and pass the ammunition.” Judge Michael D’Amico was scheduled to announce a verdict at 2 p.m. on Tuesday. Full Story

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