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"Except for Divine Intervention, It Is Inexplicable!" Judge Throws Out Case against Pro-Life Rescuers after Government Witnesses Fail to Show

Lisa Bourne : Oct 15, 2018  LifeSiteNews.com

"We entered that abortion center, we talked to the mom's, offered them roses and we stayed there to be in solidarity with the unwanted, innocent unborn—and now we have walked out of court!" -Fr. Moscinski

(Washington, DC)—[LifeSiteNews.com] In what pro-lifers are attributing to the hand of God, a Washington DC court has dismissed charges against four pro-lifers arrested in a July Red Rose Rescue. (Photo: via LifeSiteNews)

The pro-life supporters and their attorney with Life Legal Defense Foundation (LLDF) were prepared for trial, when the charges of criminal trespass were promptly and unexpectedly dismissed due to there being no witnesses for the prosecution.

"Great victory in court today," Citizens for a Pro-life Society (CPLS) Director Monica Migliorino Miller told supporters via email Thursday. "Charges dismissed against the 4 Red Rose Rescuers—Except for Divine Intervention—it really is inexplicable."

Miller, who herself has been arrested taking part in Red Rose Rescues, was quoting one of the four defendants, Father Fidelis Moscinski, of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, on the dismissal of the charges.

"We were ready to stand up for the unwanted unborn in court—and with God's help, endure the court trial and the possible penalties for our act of defense for those scheduled for abortion," said Father Moscinski. "But what a victory to have the charges dismissed against us. We are so encouraged by this."

The four pro-lifers entered the Capital Women's Services abortion center in Washington, DC the morning of July 24 to offer women information about abortion and alternatives, along with a red rose.

Entering the abortion facility with Father Moscinski was Father David Nix, a priest of the Archdiocese of Denver, William Goodman, who in June of this year had served a 34-day jail term for the December 2, 2017, Red Rose Rescue, and an unidentified female rescuer going by the name of Baby Jane Doe to be in solidarity with the nameless children who are aborted.

LLDF Attorney John Garza was prepared to present a necessity defense in the trial, citing the dangers to pre-born children and women posed by the abortion facility.

Capital Women's Services is affiliated with Steven Brigham, a notorious late-term abortion doctor. Brigham has been charged with neglect and fraud in several states for gravely injuring women and was charged with the murder of ten second and third-trimester babies in Maryland, a news release from LLDF said.

The necessity defense can be used when a defendant's conduct is necessary to prevent a greater harm, LLDF said. In this case, Brigham's facilities are known to have a long record of egregious violations against women, including the death of at least one patient.

However, the judge unexpectedly called the Red Rose Rescue case first.

This was unusual, according to LLDF, because the courts usually opt to get through procedural and other less time-consuming matters before calling up trials such as the one involving the Red Rose Rescue.

LLDF reports that the judge asked the parties whether they were ready for trial, and U.S. Attorney Jana Maser, who was prosecuting the government's case, replied that she was not ready, because she could not produce any witnesses.

The judge then asked Garza how he would like to proceed, and Garza requested a dismissal of all charges—which was immediately granted... Subscribe for free to Breaking Christian News here.

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