Read my previous posts on this story here.
I'm guessing posts on this blog and my WorldNetDailycom columns were included as reasons by the defense to keep evidence and photos secret. Of course the Miami Herald attorney would label these as "fairly obscure websites." Sniff, sniff. From the Miami Herald, today:
The public has the right to view evidence in the case of a woman accused of illegally providing healthcare during a botched abortion at a Hialeah clinic, a judge ruled Thursday.
Lawyers for Belkis Gonzalez, 44, citing extensive media coverage and harsh commentary in Internet postings on anti-abortion websites, had asked that evidence be kept secret to ``assure a fair trial.''
Gonzalez fears ''physical and mental harm after receiving anonymous threats,'' said her lawyers, who also asked that prosecutors be barred from speaking to reporters about the case....
But Miami-Dade Circuit Judge John Thornton refused to seal the evidence or issue a gag order. However, Thornton asked to view photos taken by police at the clinic before deciding whether to allow their release, a decision he will make next week.
''I'm inclined, frankly, to release those,'' he said.
The defense motion to seal was opposed by The Miami Herald and WTVJ-NBC 6.
In the case being watched by both sides of the abortion debate, Miami-Dade prosecutors charged Gonzalez last month with evidence tampering and practicing healthcare without a license resulting in injury.
The incident at issue started in July 2006 when Sycloria Williams, just over 21 weeks pregnant and about to undergo an abortion, unexpectantly gave birth to a baby girl while inside A GYN Diagnostic Center.... The woman told police of seeing the ''infant moving, making noises for approximately 5 minutes,'' an arrest warrant says.
Prosecutors say Gonzalez, who is not licensed to provide healthcare, snipped the umbilical cord, swept the baby into a medical waste bag and hid the body from detectives for one week.
Prosecutors did not charge her with manslaughter or murder because they could not prove the baby would have survived outside the womb or that Gonzalez's actions caused the baby's death. The Miami-Dade medical examiner concluded the cause of death was "extreme prematurity.''
Gonzalez's motion asked the judge to seal records that are known as ''discovery:" police reports, witness and expert statements, photos, medical examiner reports - most of which are typically public record once prosecutors release them to the defense.
Her lawyers cited 2 Miami Herald articles, reports and reader comments from various anti-abortion websites, and statistics on violence against abortion clinics.
In court Thursday, defense lawyer Alberto Milian suggested press coverage had fueled anti-abortion websites, which labeled Gonzalez ''a murderer and a monster'' and have``created a lynching environment on the Internet.''
Attorney Scott Ponce, representing the newspaper, pointed out that a detailed arrest warrant already made public described much of the evidence.
''Frankly, this isn't a case where there is tons of publicity,'' he told the judge. "Two articles. The rest are postings on fairly obscure websites.''
If convicted on both charges, Gonzalez could be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison. Gonzalez is also on probation for practicing medicine without a license at another of her abortion clinics in Broward County.
[HT: Operation Rescue's Cheryl Sullenger and reader Susie A.]
They are crazy. Play the victum of bad publicity. Do bad things and the publicity is bad.Posted by: xppc at April 9, 2009 3:57 PM
accused of illegally providing healthcare during a botched abortion.......wow.
Yes. Healthcare may include but should not be limited to cutting the umbilical cord and putting the baby into a biohazard bag and hiding the bag.Posted by: Carla at April 9, 2009 4:10 PM
Good thing no one reads this websie huh?Posted by: Maria at April 9, 2009 4:17 PM
Yea, Maria, only us regulars read this site right?
But this lady made her bed and now she has to sleep in it! This woman needs to put her big girl panties on, apologize for her actions and take the punishment handed down by the judge.Posted by: AK Krystal at April 9, 2009 5:10 PM
Good news!!!!! 2 SAVES at the abortion clinic today!!!!!!Posted by: Heather at April 9, 2009 5:27 PM
Right on Heather!Posted by: AK Krystal at April 9, 2009 5:43 PM
AK Krystal, thanks! God gets the credit! 2 African American couples stopped to look at our signs, took our literature, went into the clinic, and then came back out. They both told us "We aren't going to do it." "We've decided to keep the baby."...AMEN!!Posted by: Heather at April 9, 2009 5:53 PM
And we give the "keeping" moms braclets. Pink and blue with baby shoes. They are cute! It was my friend's idea. Both moms got one and they loved them!!:] The fathers were smiling too.Posted by: Heather at April 9, 2009 5:56 PM
Another woman came in for a pregnancy test. We told her that there were also free pregnancy tests at Alternaterm. She took the information and left. Alternaterm is a pregnancy crisis center.Posted by: Heather at April 9, 2009 5:58 PM
"Good news!!!!! 2 SAVES at the abortion clinic today!!!!!!"
God bless you Heather.
Such happy news, Heather! God bless you and the courageous work that you do! Hooray for babies' lives!Posted by: Vannah at April 9, 2009 6:46 PM
Wonderful! Are the "keeping bracelets" available for sale? What a nice gesture!Posted by: Janet at April 9, 2009 7:30 PM
Jasper, Vannah, Janet, thank you. I will say that it is a rare event for something like this to happen in one day. Most of the women curse us and walk on by. Janet, my girlfriend is from "Silent No More" and the braclets were her idea. She makes them herself. It's beaded jewelry with tiny baby shoes.Posted by: Heather at April 9, 2009 10:23 PM
I will also say that stopping a woman is rare. A lot of them are just so determined to have that abortion. It's a mixture of reactions and emotions. Some cry. Most yell and curse. A lot of them look frightened. Some walk past us on their cell phones. Some take our information and toss it into the trash can by the clinic door.... Try it. It's interesting.Posted by: Heather at April 9, 2009 10:29 PM
Awesome, Heather!! I will be praying outside a Planned Parenthood in St. Paul, MN today for the Good Friday Prayer Vigil. Love my SNM ladies!!Posted by: Carla at April 10, 2009 6:58 AM
Carla, I will be praying for you! I know God will use you for his will! The SNM women are the best to have with us, b/c they can honestly tell women about the pain and regret abortion brings! Carla, God will use you too!:)Posted by: Heather at April 10, 2009 7:12 AM
FANTASTIC!! Two Babies saved!! I have chills running down my back and arms. You are all a blessing, doing the work of the Lord. I would love to see a picture of the bracelets, can you up load one?
Back to the post from Jill....
This label of extreme prematurity has got to go. These deaths are counted against the state and county (and country for that matter), reflecting on the type of care a pregnant mom receives. These numbers can make a city, state or county look like they are not doing enough to provide prenatal care for moms. Why don't we call like it is, premeditated murder!! OK, that will never happen, but it should go on record as a late term aborion, botched, and then murder (OK, that wouldn't happen either). How about late term failed abortion, infanticide. Right?!?Posted by: lovethemboth at April 10, 2009 8:53 AM
I first heard about this case on Jannet Porter's radio program Faith 2 action. This radio program, can be heard from 2:P.M., to 3P.M., Eastern, monday through Friday. the web sight is, www.f2a.org
Jill, I know you've been on Jannet's program, and I personally injoy hearing what you have to say! Please keep it up! Your Brother in Crist, RJ
LTBoth, I've just sent my friend an e-mail about this site. She will be participating soon!!!:)Posted by: Heather at April 10, 2009 9:38 AM
Sullenger, aka the mad bomber. She a freakin' terrorist and should still be in prison or better yet Gitmo with the rest of her ilk.Posted by: Tony Burro at April 10, 2009 12:23 PM