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A jury ruled today in the civil trial of anti-abortion activist Angel Dillard. Dillard was accused of threatening the life of a doctor who was planning on performing abortions.

The jury sided with Dillard, agreeing with her attorneys that the letter she sent Dr. Mila Means was free speech and not a "true threat." Means was training to perform abortions two years after Dr. George Tiller was murdered in his church in Wichita in 2009. Tiller was one of very few doctors in the nation who performed late-term abortions.

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A woman was in civil court today under a charge that she threatened a Wichita doctor who was at the time training to perform abortions.

Angel Dillard sent a letter to Dr. Mila Means in 2011 saying, in part, that, "They know where you shop, who your friends are, what you drive, where you live," and, "You will be checking under your car everyday [sic] because maybe today is the day someone places an explosive under it."

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A woman who sent a threatening letter to a Wichita doctor will be going to court in May.

A federal judge has set a May trial date for an abortion opponent accused of sending a letter to a Wichita doctor saying someone might place an explosive under her car.

An order filed Wednesday scheduled a three-day trial for anti-abortion activist Angel Dillard beginning May 3 In federal court in Wichita.

Mediation Set In Kansas Abortion Threat Case

Nov 4, 2013

A federal appeals court has scheduled a mediation conference in the case of a Kansas abortion opponent who sent a letter to a Wichita doctor saying someone might place an explosive under her car.

The Justice Department has appealed an August ruling by U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten that Angel Dillard's letter is constitutionally protected speech. Marten summarily ruled the letter did not constitute a "true threat" under law.

The U.S. Justice Department is challenging a ruling that an abortion opponent's letter saying someone might place an explosive under a Wichita doctor's car is constitutionally protected speech.

The Justice Department's Civil Rights Division filed a brief notice Thursday, saying it will appeal to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals a federal judge's summary decision that Angel Dillard's letter was not a "true threat" under the law.

The Justice Department sued Dillard in 2011 under the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act.

Judge Sides With Abortion Opponent In Kansas Case

Aug 16, 2013

A federal judge has found in favor of a Kansas abortion opponent accused of sending a threatening letter to a Wichita doctor who was training to offer abortion services.

U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten ruled Thursday that Angel Dillard's letter to Doctor Mila Means in 2011 was not a "true threat."

The Justice Department had filed the civil lawsuit against Dillard under a law protecting access to abortion services.