Last September I wrote about American Right to Life protesters entering Focus on the Family headquarters and refusing to leave. This resulted in their arrest.
artl protester.jpgFOTF prosecuted, and the guilty verdict was handed down May 8. Sentencing came June 10. According to the Associated Press:

Judge Spencer Gresham sentenced Kenneth Scott to 11 days in jail and Rev. Bob Enyart to 9 days for their role in a Sept. 4 protest against FOTF founder James Dobson’s decision to endorse GOP presidential candidate John McCain.
Gresham also fined Enyart’s brother Brian $100, which he agreed to pay….

[E]ach acted as their own lawyer.
bob enyart photo.jpgBrian Enyart and Scott came to court wearing red T-shirts that read “Jesus is Judge” on the back. Bob Enyart [pictured left] brought his family along, tying his son’s shoelace before standing to be sentenced.
During the trial, the defendants expressed frustration at not being able to raise anti-abortion issues or what they viewed as Dobson’s “broken pledge” in supporting McCain’s losing campaign against Barack Obama….
Prior to the sentencing, Lisa Anderson, a spokeswoman for Focus on the Family asked the judge to consider the organization’s concern over safety for its employees and visitors.
The judge rejected a request from the city attorney to require the men to pay $400 in restitution to Focus on the Family. Gresham said the security officials who responded to the incident were already on the payroll that day.
Initially, the judge also did not accept prosecutors’ recommendation that Bob Enyart and Scott be jailed because of their previous arrest history. Instead he fined Scott $500 and Enyart $400.
When both men refused to pay, he offered them the option of public service, which they also rejected.
“I refuse to do public service to a system that is killing babies,” Scott said.
Gresham warned all 3 men that he will increase their fines if they re-offend within the next year.

ARTL has engaged in a long-running feud with Dobson, previously protesting his support of the Partial Birth Abortion Ban and currently protesting his potential nonopposition to a homosexual on the Supreme Court.
Upon the death of late-term abortionist George Tiller, Bob Enyart was quoted in the Los Angeles Times as stating, “If a Mafia hit man gets killed, people recognize it’s an occupational hazard.”
I have steered clear of making such statements, because good people get killed as “occupational hazard[s],” too, and I don’t want to go there.
[Photo attribution of ARTL protester entering FOTF: Gazette.com]

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