Pro-lifers plan to appeal guilty verdict

Monday, December 10, 2012
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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 appeal.

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