Angel Dillard is going to trial after successfully harassing and intimidating a doctor who planned to provide abortion services in Kansas:
Dillard somehow successfully argued in 2014 that her letter was free speech. This week the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals disagreed:
In a 2-1 ruling, the appeals panel said a jury could reasonably find that the letter conveyed a true threat of violence.
“The context in this case includes Wichita’s past history of violence against abortion providers, the culmination of this violence in Dr. Tiller’s murder less than two years before Defendant mailed her letter, Defendant’s publicized friendship with Dr. Tiller’s killer, and her reported admiration of his convictions,” the appeals court wrote in its decision.