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Wednesday, April 3, 2013
The U.S. Justice Department says a Sedgwick County jail inmate has claimed that an anti-abortion activist hired him to firebomb the house of a Wichita doctor training to do abortions.
The agency's filing Wednesday offers a public glimpse into some of the government's evidence against abortion opponent Angel Dillard. The Justice Department sued her in 2011 for sending an allegedly threatening letter to Dr. Mila Means, who was planning to offer abortions after the 2009 murder of Dr. George Tiller.
The defense argues the inmate attempted to blackmail Dillard. No firebombing took place.
Dillard's lawyers claim her conversations with that inmate are protected by clergy-penitent privilege. Dillard is also using that argument to shield her communications with another inmate, Scott Roeder, who was convicted of killing Tiller.