Wednesday, May 3, 2006

Supreme Court Refuses to Review Damage Award In Activists Abortion Protestors Case

The Supreme Court refused on Monday to review a case involving use by abortion protesters of "wanted" posters to identify clinic doctors. The 12 activist defendants  and two anti-abortion groups were sued under a racketeering law and the 1994 Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, which makes it illegal to incite violence and threaten abortion doctors.

An Oregon jury awarded several doctors and clinics $108 million in punitive damages, however, the amount was reduced by the Federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  The defendants had asked the Supreme Court to further reduce the award.  General background of this case may be found by clicking here (last visited May 3, 2006, reo).  The  Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Opinion, Planned Parenthood v. American Coalition of Life Activists, may be obtained by clicking here (last visited May 3, 2006, reo).

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