Two members of a pro-life group have been found guilty in
connection with a pro-life demonstration at a Jackson, Mississippi,
high school, but the case is not closed.
In March, Kristina Garza and Brianna Baxter of
Survivors of the
Abortion Holocaust were arrested while holding signs and
passing out pro-life literature on a public sidewalk at Murrah High
School in Jackson. The only witnesses against them were the
arresting officers, and Garza tells OneNewsNow they had evidence, a
video that proved they were breaking no laws.
"We were not allowed to admit our video tape," she reports.
Both were fined $1,500, court costs and six months in jail, with
the jail term suspended. Attorneys for Life Legal Defense
Foundation took immediate action on the pro-lifers' behalf.
"Even though we are convicted right now of the two charges of
disorderly conduct and trespassing, we are innocent," Garza
asserts. "And so we filed for an immediate appeal. We will have a
trial de novo with a new date to be determined."
"De novo" is a Latin term which basically means "from scratch."
Garza says the judge seemed to recognize their constitutional right
of free speech, but ruled that the law is applied differently when
students leave the school building.
The pro-lifer expects the conviction to be overturned on