Washington DC’s CBS affiliate reports:
A jury convicted five anti-abortion activists Tuesday of conspiring to blockade a D.C. clinic in 2020 in violation of federal law. Jurors deliberated for a day and a half before returning their verdict, finding activists Lauren Handy, Heather Idoni, William Goodman, John Hinshaw and Herb Geraghty of two felony counts each of conspiracy against rights and violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act.
The trial was marked by an unusually high number of warnings from the judge to spectators in the public gallery, who had to be warned repeatedly not to attempt to influence potential jurors, interact with witnesses or make outbursts in court. In one instance, Kollar-Kotelly admonished a nun not to tamper with a witness for making the sign of the cross at her and reportedly saying the Hail Mary to her face in the hallway during a break in testimony.
From the far-right Catholic outlet LifeSite:
In a statement to LifeSiteNews at the courthouse on Tuesday, defendant William Goodman urged his supporters “to forgive the jury, the judge, and all those who witnessed against us, and to pray that they would see how God loves the gift of every human life.”
All the defendants were led away and Goodman was handcuffed after the judge determined that the rescuers must be immediately detained pending sentencing since the nature of the FACE Act violation amounted to a “crime of violence.”
Sentencing has not been determined yet, but each defendant could face up to 10 years for the conspiracy charge and a year for the FACE Act violation, as well as $350,000 in fines and three years of supervised release.
Ringleader Lauren Handy, you may recall, made national news in 2022 when multiple fetal remains were found in her DC home. Cultists have claimed that such remains are incinerated to power Washington DC’s electricity.
🚨BREAKING: A jury has convicted anti-abortion activist Lauren Handy and four co-defendants on ALL COUNTS for blockading a D.C. clinic in October 2020. https://t.co/melxFbshm6
— Jordan Fischer (@JordanOnRecord) August 29, 2023
Lauren Handy pleads not guilty in federal case. @TheJusticeDept charged Handy & 8 others for invading DC clinic in 2020. No charges yet on 5 fetal remains found in her home. @wusa9 pic.twitter.com/0o2MYKfwOS
— Nathan Baca (@NathanBacaTV) April 4, 2022