Wichita anti-abortion protester acquitted of battering guard
Jul. 26, 2017
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Jurors have acquitted a Wichita anti-abortion protester of battering a clinic guard in a dispute over a sign.
The Wichita Eagle (http://bit.ly/2h33l2Z ) reports that jurors returned the verdict Tuesday after 74-year-old David Schmidt appealed his municipal court conviction to Sedgwick County District Court.
Schmidt credited his lawyers with getting him "out from under a pile of manure." One of his attorneys works for the Thomas More Society, a national nonprofit law firm that litigates abortion and religious-liberty cases.
The charge against Schmidt stemmed from a July 2016 incident outside the Trust Women South Wind Women's Center, which offers reproductive care, including abortions. It is housed in the facility where George Tiller performed late-term abortions until he was fatally shot in 2009 at his Wichita church by an abortion opponent.
Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com