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Students in Abortion Vandalism Case Get Community Service, Professor Won't
LifeNews.com ^ | May 12, 2006 | Steven Ertelt

Posted on 05/14/2006 5:18:57 PM PDT by rhema

Highland Heights, KY -- Six pro-abortion students charged with vandalism in the destruction of a pro-life display at Northern Kentucky University will have the charges dropped and be required to perform community service as a result of their actions. However, a British literature professor who encouraged the students to destroy the pro-life display won't receive the same treatment. Assistant Campbell County Attorney Rick Woeste announced the decision Thursday but said he objected to including professor Sally Jacobsen in the community service agreement.

Jacobsen's attorney Margo Grubbs, told the Cincinnati Post he was enraged by the decision to drop the charges against the students but keep them against the professor.

"I think that her not being allowed diversion is extremely extraordinary treatment for the normal citizen in this state," Grubbs said. "She has no criminal record. First offenders (charged with non-violent crimes) always get diversion."

Jacobsen was charged with theft, criminal mischief and criminal solicitation, but Grubbs claimed Jacobsen never received police paperwork with the actual charges.

According to the Post, District Judge Karen Thomas says Jacobsen has until May 23 to answer the charges. But Grubbs said she is working on a paper at an undisclosed location and may not be back in town by then.

Judge Thomas told the students they need to follow through on the community service or they would be back before her facing the charge.

"You need to understand -- you need to do exactly what they tell you," Thomas said.

Jacobsen and the students faced criminal charges after trashing a pro-life display the campus pro-life group set up outside the student center. She and the pro-abortion student destroyed over 400 crosses set up to memorialize those who have died from abortion.

Thomas Beiting, who represents one of the students in the case, said Jacobsen told them they would not get in trouble because she claimed the Northern Right to Life student pro-life group did not have permission to put up the display. The group had actually obtained a permit from the university.

"These girls did not believe they would get in trouble," Beiting told the Post.

The students were charged with and criminal mischief but will have their records expunged by participating in a community service program.

Both the students and Jacobsen were caught on camera by a reporter from the student newspaper and Jacobsen later admitted encouraging some of the students in her class to vandalize the display.

Jacobsen initially defended her actions saying she was within her free speech rights to destroy the pro-life display.

Later, she sent out an email to the students involved encouraging them to resist talking to the police and making it difficult for authorities to find them to question them about the vandalism. In the email, Jacobsen attacked pro-life groups.

Jacobsen has been placed on leave and plans to retire after the end of the school year. Her classes were given to other professors to conclude the semester.

According to the Post, the pro-abortion students involved in the vandalism included: Michelle Cruey, 21, of Walton, Ky.; Katie Nelson, 21, and Heather Nelson, 27, both of Dayton, Ky.; Stephanie Horton, 23, of Alexandria, Ky.; Sara Keebler, 25, of Cincinnati, and Laura Caster, 23, of Highland Heights, Ky.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; US: Kentucky
KEYWORDS: abortion; discipline; education; nku; prolife; sallyjacobsen; vandalism

1 posted on 05/14/2006 5:19:00 PM PDT by rhema
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To: rhema
I think that her not being allowed diversion is extremely extraordinary treatment for the normal citizen in this state," Grubbs said. "She has no criminal record. First offenders (charged with non-violent crimes) always get diversion."

Too bad, murderer..

2 posted on 05/14/2006 5:23:13 PM PDT by cardinal4 (Kerry-Mcarthy in 2008!)
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To: rhema

I think the kids got off easy.

"Later, she sent out an email to the students involved encouraging them to resist talking to the police and making it difficult for authorities to find them to question them about the vandalism. In the email, Jacobsen attacked pro-life groups. "

Lets see, obstruction of justice would seem to be just the starter. Ample reason to not let this first time offender off easy. Only problem is she shouldn't be allowed to retire, she should be fired.


3 posted on 05/14/2006 5:25:02 PM PDT by driftdiver
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To: rhema
Michelle Cruey, 21, of Walton, Ky.; Katie Nelson, 21, and Heather Nelson, 27, both of Dayton, Ky.; Stephanie Horton, 23, of Alexandria, Ky.; Sara Keebler, 25, of Cincinnati, and Laura Caster, 23, of Highland Heights, Ky.

Awfully nice of the paper to post the names of the sluts on campus.

L

4 posted on 05/14/2006 5:25:56 PM PDT by Lurker (50% of the country is not fit to run a convenience store.)
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To: driftdiver

Obstruction of justice is the second crime she is has committed. Jail time seems to me to be a must.
She was the responsible adult here so she should be punished even more than the young people.


5 posted on 05/14/2006 5:32:32 PM PDT by Eternally-Optimistic (anything is possible)
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To: rhema

I think the kids got off easy.

"Later, she sent out an email to the students involved encouraging them to resist talking to the police and making it difficult for authorities to find them to question them about the vandalism. In the email, Jacobsen attacked pro-life groups. "

Lets see, obstruction of justice would seem to be just the starter. Ample reason to not let this first time offender off easy. Only problem is she shouldn't be allowed to retire, she should be fired.


6 posted on 05/14/2006 5:32:44 PM PDT by driftdiver
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To: rhema

What a shameful display by this professor and her students!


7 posted on 05/14/2006 5:38:18 PM PDT by DemforBush
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To: rhema

"placed on leave" and "plans to retire" -- with pay and benefits?


8 posted on 05/14/2006 5:39:02 PM PDT by Draco
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To: rhema

"placed on leave" and "plans to retire" -- with pay and benefits?


9 posted on 05/14/2006 5:39:04 PM PDT by Draco
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To: Eternally-Optimistic
The young people are adults as well.

However the ringleader, planner and instigator misused her position of authority to induce others to a crime.
10 posted on 05/14/2006 5:44:57 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (The Internet is the samizdat of liberty..)
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To: Lurker

They're probably not alone, but it's a start.


11 posted on 05/14/2006 5:56:38 PM PDT by muawiyah (-)
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To: rhema
"Grubbs said. "She has no criminal record. First offenders (charged with non-violent crimes) always get diversion."

While I'd never doubt the word of a lawyer (ahem), if this is true, it's too bad for Ken Lay that he didn't move Enron Headquarters to KY. He wouldn't be facing jail time

12 posted on 05/14/2006 6:04:24 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Free Sirhan Sirhan, after all, the bastard who killed Mary Jo Kopechne is walking around free)
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bttt


13 posted on 05/14/2006 6:08:09 PM PDT by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream - that sees beyond the years)
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To: driftdiver
I can think of a few more. Let's see we've got felony vandalism, mob action, obstruction of justice, conspiracy to commit, and aiding and abetting.

I'm sure a motivated prosecutor could think of a few more.

L

14 posted on 05/14/2006 6:08:56 PM PDT by Lurker (50% of the country is not fit to run a convenience store.)
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To: Draco

Probably...liberals can't stand the thought of one their own not being allowed at the trough.


15 posted on 05/14/2006 6:14:36 PM PDT by twntaipan (John McCain: Your 15 minutes of fame were up long, long ago.)
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To: rhema
Give her what conservatives are given, sensitivity training.
16 posted on 05/14/2006 6:38:57 PM PDT by feedback doctor (Liberalism is like a religion....islam)
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To: rhema

My baby boy turned 1 last week. Remind me again why I should be saving money for his college education?


17 posted on 05/14/2006 7:43:00 PM PDT by The Fop
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To: driftdiver
I think the kids got off easy.

I agree, 27, 25, 23, these are not "kids" they are young adults. Sometimes you learn who to trust through a little pain.

18 posted on 05/14/2006 7:53:17 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (How come Mexican illegals don't sneak into Cuba?)
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To: rhema
Sara Keebler, 25, of Cincinnati


19 posted on 05/14/2006 8:44:49 PM PDT by RightWingAtheist (Creationism is to conservatism what Howard Dean is to liberalism)
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To: rhema
Later, she sent out an email to the students involved encouraging them to resist talking to the police and making it difficult for authorities to find them to question them about the vandalism. In the email, Jacobsen attacked pro-life groups.

That's called obstructing justice and more than ample reason not to extend the community service offer.

20 posted on 05/14/2006 8:52:03 PM PDT by Godzilla (If guns are outlawed, can we use swords?)
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"I agree, 27, 25, 23, these are not "kids" they are young adults. Sometimes you learn who to trust through a little pain."

You're right. I wrote that thinking they were the typical college kid of 19 or something. They should at least end up with a conviction on their record. The left will prosecute a true teenager if they express their 1st amendment right in a way thats not PC.


21 posted on 05/15/2006 4:09:09 AM PDT by driftdiver
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To: driftdiver

But don't you relize that this "professor" cannot be allowed to get her hands dirty doing "community service" and raking leaves, picking up garbabe or whatever it is they would have had her do. And yet they throw the members of Operation Rescue into prison and they are told to "respect the law".


22 posted on 05/15/2006 6:56:12 PM PDT by Dodgers fan
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"But don't you relize that this "professor" cannot be allowed to get her hands dirty doing "community service" and raking leaves, picking up garbabe or whatever it is they would have had her do. "

As long as her "community service" is in the jail. Lots of laundry, dishes,cooking, and leaf raking to do there.


23 posted on 05/15/2006 7:54:54 PM PDT by driftdiver
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To: driftdiver

Excellent point!


24 posted on 05/16/2006 6:40:50 PM PDT by Dodgers fan
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