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  • On Papolatry

    11/09/2004 12:46:30 PM PST · by Mershon · 40 replies · 621+ views
    Catholic Family News ^ | December 1999 | William Marra
    On Papalotry by Dr. William Marra Editor's note: This is edited transcript of a portion of the speech “Alternative to Schism” given at the Roman Forum Conference in August, 1995. In this presentation, Dr. Marra presents a clarification that will help Catholics to think critically and correctly, when confusing and contradictory statements emanate from even the highest authorities in the Church. Belief and Obedience My great teacher, Dietrich von Hildebrande wrote four outstanding books on the present crisis in the Church. Recently, his latest book, The Charitable Anathema was published. I wish we could mail a copy to Rome. A...
  • COUPLE GET PLEA DEAL FOR ASSISTING KOPP AS FUGITIVE

    04/16/2003 6:12:49 PM PDT · by Marianne · 1 replies · 219+ views
    The Buffalo News ^ | April 16, 2003 | Lou Michel, Staff Reporter
    Abortion foes Loretta C. Marra and Dennis J. Malvasi accepted a plea deal in a New York City courtroom Tuesday that guarantees they will spend no more than five years in prison for helping James C. Kopp while he was a fugitive. Attorneys for the Brooklyn couple say they will try to persuade the judge that Marra and Malvasi should be granted a substantial downward departure in the federal sentencing guidelines to obtain their early release. Marra and Malvasi also will make another try for bail while they are awaiting their July 11 sentencing by U.S. District Judge Carol Bagley...
  • INTRIQUE SURROUNDS WOMAN WHO FORGED BOND WITH KOPP

    03/24/2003 6:12:17 PM PST · by Marianne · 5 replies · 267+ views
    The Buffalo News ^ | March 24, 2003 | Dan Herbeck and Lou Michel
    She is the mystery woman in the case of James C. Kopp and sniper attacks on abortion doctors. Loretta C. Marra, a 39-year-old mother of two from Brooklyn, has been an important part of Kopp's crusade against abortion since 1990, when they were first arrested together at a women's clinic in Vermont. It was Marra's car, according to police, that was seen near Vancouver, British Columbia, before and after the shooting of a Canadian abortion doctor in 1994, an attack that many believe was done by Kopp. When Kopp fled to Mexico after killing Dr. Barnett A. Slepian, authorities said...
  • JUDGE BARS LAWYER BARKET FROM KOPP'S FEDERAL CASE

    01/11/2003 8:57:09 AM PST · by Marianne · 1 replies · 262+ views
    The Buffalo News ^ | January 11, 2003 | Dan Herbeck, News Staff Reporter
    James C. Kopp has lost another legal battle in his bid to have a Long Island defense attorney who strongly opposes legalized abortion represent him in his federal court case. In a terse two-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara affirmed a magistrate judge's earlier decision barring attorney Bruce A. Barket from representing Kopp in federal court. Kopp, 48, who has admitted he killed Dr. Barnett A. Slepian of Amherst, faces a murder trial in Erie County Court. He also faces a later federal court trial on charges that he killed Slepian and violated a federal law guaranteeing access...
  • BUFFALO RALLY AIMS TO SUPPORT KOPP

    01/09/2003 12:29:46 PM PST · by Marianne · 9 replies · 258+ views
    The Buffalo News ^ | January 8, 2003 | Jerry Zremski, News Washington Bureau
    WASHINGTON - Anti-abortion radicals plan to rally in Buffalo on Jan. 22 in support of admitted killer James C. Kopp - and to photograph people visiting the city's abortion clinic and post those pictures on the Internet. Jonathan O'Toole, a reporter for the Christian Gallery News Web site, said Tuesday that he is organizing the rally, which will coincide with the 30th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. The rally, coming the month before Kopp's trial is expected to begin, will aim to sway potential jurors into thinking that Kopp's October 1998 shooting of Dr. Barnett Slepian was...
  • DONATIONS TO KOPP DEFENSE DROP SHARPLY SINCE CONFESSION

    01/03/2003 3:21:57 PM PST · by Marianne · 5 replies · 159+ views
    The Buffalo News ^ | January 3, 2003 | Dan Herbeck, News Staff Reporter
    Donations to James C. Kopp's defense fund dropped sharply after he confessed in November to killing Dr. Barnett A. Slepian, so now taxpayers will pick up the tab for his attorney in federal court, court officials said Thursday. William G. Clauss, the region's chief federal public defender, was assigned to Kopp's case after U.S. Magistrate Judge Hugh B. Scott was informed that the donations stopped following Kopp's confession to The Buffalo News on Nov. 20. Scott said in court papers that he learned of the decline in donations from Paul J. Cambria Jr., Kopp's former attorney, during a court appearance...
  • NEW LAWYER IS ASSIGNED TO KOPP

    12/31/2002 6:58:07 PM PST · by Marianne · 1 replies · 242+ views
    The Buffalo News ^ | December 31, 2002 | Dan Herbeck, News Staff Reporter
    For now, at least, James C. Kopp has a new attorney for his case in federal court. In a recent ruling, U.S. Magistrate Judge Hugh B. Scott allowed Buffalo attorney Paul J. Cambria Jr. to withdraw from the case. Scott assigned federal public defender William G. Clauss to represent Kopp on federal charges relating to the 1998 slaying of Dr. Barnett A. Slepian, an abortion provider, in Amherst. "I have met with Jim Kopp, and, at this point, I am his attorney of record at federal court," Clauss said Monday. "I'm glad to be off the case," Cambria said. "I...
  • KOPP SUSPECTED IN 4 OTHER ATTACKS

    12/30/2002 2:21:16 PM PST · by Marianne · 4 replies · 189+ views
    The Buffalo News ^ | December 20, 2002 | Lou Michel and Dan Herbeck
    In three Canadian cities and a Rochester suburb, abortion providers were shot under similar circumstances. Authorities are trying to prove that James C. Kopp was the shooter. VANCOUVER, British Columbia - A few strands of hair found inside a ski mask provide the DNA evidence that links James C. Kopp to the sniper attack that ended the medical career of abortion provider Dr. Hugh Short in Hamilton, Ont. That's the clearest piece of evidence police have tying Kopp - who admits killing Dr. Barnett A. Slepian of Amherst in 1998 - to a series of four earlier shootings that authorities...
  • DID KOPP HAVE HELP?

    12/29/2002 11:57:14 AM PST · by Marianne · 22 replies · 702+ views
    The Buffalo News ^ | December 29, 2002 | Jerry Zremski, News Washington Bureau
    The more you look at James C. Kopp, the less he looks like a loner. Authorities say they have no proof that anyone joined Kopp in plotting the October 1998 murder of Dr. Barnett A. Slepian of Amherst, or that a wide conspiracy aided Kopp during his 21/2 years on the lam. Nevertheless, investigators and abortion rights advocates said Kopp had help, maybe before the shooting and certainly afterward. "There must have been a support network that moved him to Mexico to Heathrow to Manchester to Scotland to Ireland," and finally to France, where he was captured in March 2001,...
  • KOPP TELLS JUDGE ISSUE IS 'MURDER OF CHILDREN'

    12/23/2002 6:33:58 PM PST · by Marianne · 17 replies · 216+ views
    The Buffalo News ^ | December 18, 2002 | Matt Gryta, News Staff Reporter
    James C. Kopp Tuesday told a judge the charges lodged against him for his admitted murder of Amherst physician Barnett A. Slepian are really about what he called "the murder of children" by abortion providers. Kopp, speaking almost inaudibly as Slepian's widow and several FBI agents sat in court, also said he feels "the children should be represented in the court," making clear his hopes to make his trials the centerpiece of a renewed debate about abortion. Erie County Judge Michael L. D'Amico told Kopp, 48, to put his contentions in writing. The judge told him he assumed his quiet...
  • NEW INDICTMENT AGAINST KOPP EXPECTED SOON, PROSECUTORS SAY

    12/11/2002 5:16:14 PM PST · by Marianne · 11 replies · 201+ views
    The Buffalo News ^ | December 11, 2002 | Matt Gryta, News Staff Reporter
    A new indictment could come within the week accusing James C. Kopp of depraved indifference to human life in his admitted shooting of Amherst physician Barnett A. Slepian and charging him with an additional count of second-degree murder, prosecutors told a judge Tuesday. As Erie County Judge Michael L. D'Amico concluded a third and final day of testimony at a pretrial witness identification hearing, Erie County prosecutor Joseph J. Marusak told him Kopp could be arraigned on the new indictment as early as this coming Tuesday. Kopp attorneys Bruce A. Barket and John V. Elmore said there is still a...
  • KOPP MAY TESTIFY TO GRAND JURY NEXT WEEK

    12/04/2002 4:57:13 PM PST · by Marianne · 7 replies · 234+ views
    The Buffalo News ^ | December 4, 2002 | Matt Gryta, News Staff Reporter
    James C. Kopp may testify next week before the Erie County grand jury that today was expected to begin considering whether to indict him on an additional murder charge in the sniper slaying of Amherst physician Barnett A. Slepian. Deputy District Attorney Joseph J. Marusak told Erie County Judge Michael L. D'Amico that he has scheduled a Dec. 11 session of the newly empaneled grand jury to hear from Kopp, providing that he chooses to make an appearance. Although Marusak told the judge that Kopp's attorneys have notified him in writing that he plans to testify before the grand jury,...
  • BARKET VOWS TO SERVE IN KOPP'S TRIAL

    12/03/2002 6:03:50 PM PST · by Marianne · 2 replies · 187+ views
    The Buffalo News ^ | December 3, 2002 | Matt Gryta, News Staff Reporter
    The Long Island attorney picked by James C. Kopp to represent him in both his federal and state court trials said he will ask a federal magistrate judge to reconsider his refusal to let him serve in the federal case. Bruce A. Barket insisted Monday he will be Kopp's principal attorney in both cases stemming from Kopp's admitted fatal shooting of Amherst physician Barnett A. Slepian. His vow came moments after he unsuccessfully urged an Erie County Court judge to hold District Attorney Frank J. Clark in contempt of court for allegedly violating a gag order in the cases. Last...
  • JUDGE NIXES KOPP'S LAWYER FOR FEDERAL TRIAL

    12/02/2002 4:17:44 PM PST · by Marianne · 5 replies · 160+ views
    The Buffalo News ^ | November 28, 2002 | Dan Herbeck, New Staff Reporter
    A week after James C. Kopp's confession in The Buffalo News that he fatally shot Dr. Barnett A. Slepian, the judge in his murder trial Tuesday issued a gag order on all attorneys, investigators and Kopp himself. Erie County Judge Michael L. D'Amico issued the order at the request of the district attorney's office, but Kopp's attorney, Bruce A. Barket, said he agreed with its terms. "The only thing we can talk about is what happens in open court," Deputy District Attorney Joseph J. Marusak said after Tuesday's court session. Marusak submitted a lengthy legal memorandum to the court outlining...
  • ELMORE JOINS DEFENSE TEAM FOR KOPP

    11/26/2002 9:08:36 AM PST · by Marianne · 1 replies · 321+ views
    The Buffalo News ^ | November 26, 2002 | Dan Herbeck, News Staff Reporter
    John V. Elmore, a veteran Buffalo attorney specializing in criminal defense and civil rights, is joining the defense team for anti-abortion crusader James C. Kopp. Elmore, 46, confirmed Monday that he will be the local counsel for the accused sniper in his upcoming murder case in Erie County Court. He will assist Long Island attorney Bruce A. Barket, an outspoken opponent of abortion. There are two points of irony concerning Elmore's entry into the case - his own father was shot by a sniper in 1974, and one of his recent clients was a Buffalo man who pleaded guilty to...
  • KOPP'S JAILHOUSE CONFESSION PUT TO THE TEST

    11/23/2002 7:45:58 AM PST · by Marianne · 8 replies · 240+ views
    The Buffalo News ^ | November 23, 2002 | Dan Herbeck and Lou Michel
    An autopsy report could back James C. Kopp's claim that the bullet he fired at Dr. Barnett A. Slepian took a "crazy ricochet" that killed the Amherst abortion provider. But it may not prove his contention that he was only trying to wound Slepian. And firearms experts say that if Kopp's true purpose was only to wound Slepian, the high-powered Russian assault rifle he used was the wrong weapon, with the wrong ammunition. Was Kopp telling the truth last week, when he sat down with two reporters from The Buffalo News and insisted that he never meant to kill Slepian?...
  • KOPP'S WORDS STUN PRO-LIFE COMMUNITY, WITH MANY FEELING OUTRAGED, BETRAYED

    11/21/2002 10:18:14 AM PST · by Marianne · 280 replies · 665+ views
    The Buffalo News ^ | November 21, 2002 | Lou Michel
    Some were stunned, many were outraged, and others felt betrayed. There was nearly universal condemnation from the mainstream pro-life community Wednesday over James C. Kopp's admission that he shot and killed Dr. Barnett A. Slepian four years ago. Those condemnations would appear to throw into question whether Kopp and his attorney Bruce A. Barket's strategy of using his upcoming murder trial as a national referendum on abortion will be successful. In distancing themselves from Kopp, those identifying themselves as pro-life said it is wrong to use violence against doctors who provide abortions. "It is inconsistent for anyone in the pro-life...
  • KOPP'S SURPRISE CONFESSION CHANGES TRIAL STRATEGY

    11/21/2002 9:20:05 AM PST · by Marianne · 9 replies · 268+ views
    The Buffalo News ^ | November 21, 2002 | Michael Beebe and Dan Herbeck
    James C. Kopp has answered the question he asked reporters covering his extradition hearing in France nearly 18 months ago. "Who killed Dr. Slepian?" Kopp responded as the press shouted questions at him in a courthouse in Rennes, France. "That's the only question you should ask." Kopp has now told The Buffalo News that he killed Dr. Barnett A. Slepian. Just as federal agents charged, he said he waited in the woods behind Kopp's Amherst home on Oct. 23, 1998, and fired a single shot from a Soviet assault rifle. Kopp's jailhouse confession, three months before his trial on murder...
  • KOPP MAY ASK TO REPRESENT HIMSELF

    11/14/2002 3:12:21 PM PST · by Marianne · 6 replies · 200+ views
    The Buffalo News ^ | November 13, 2002 | Dan Herbeck, News Staff Reporter
    James C. Kopp said Tuesday that he may represent himself in federal court if a judge does not approve his request to have his case handled by a Long Island attorney with strong anti-abortion opinions. After a 45-minute hearing, U.S. Magistrate Judge Hugh B. Scott reserved decision on Kopp's request to replace Paul J. Cambria Jr. with Long Island attorney Bruce A. Barket. Kopp said he feels so strongly about the matter that, if Barket is not approved to represent him, he may ask to represent himself when his federal case goes to trial. "There are philosophical sympathies between me...
  • 'ALL ABOUT ABORTION'

    11/04/2002 3:37:36 PM PST · by Marianne · 37 replies · 1,019+ views
    The Buffalo News ^ | November 4, 2002 | Dan Herbeck, News Staff Reporter
    Defense lawyer Bruce A. Barket makes no secret of his admiration for his new client, James C. Kopp. "People like Jim should be exalted in this country," Barket said of Kopp, the accused sniper killer of Dr. Barnett A. Slepian. "Jim is a devout Christian, a kind, gentle man who only acts after thinking and praying on things. He backs up his beliefs by putting his own life on the line." Kopp's murder trial is months away, but such comments are already igniting anger among family members and friends of Slepian, who was fatally shot while at home with his...
  • KOPP MAY END UP WITH SEPARATE ATTORNEYS

    11/01/2002 6:25:31 PM PST · by Marianne · 12 replies · 339+ views
    The Buffalo News ^ | November 1, 2002 | Dan Herbeck, News Staff Reporter
    The accused killer of Dr. Barnett A. Slepian could wind up with two separate attorneys defending him in his upcoming trials in state and federal courts. A federal judge Thursday refused - for now, at least - to allow James C. Kopp to sever his relationship with defense lawyer Paul J. Cambria Jr. and replace him with a new attorney, Bruce A. Barket. U.S. Magistrate Judge Hugh B. Scott said he will not decide until at least Nov. 12 whether Kopp and his friend, anti-abortion activist Loretta C. Marra, can be represented on federal charges by the same attorney. That...
  • KOPP'S SIDE VEERS TO POLITICAL EDGE

    10/24/2002 9:50:16 AM PDT · by Marianne · 4 replies · 269+ views
    The Buffalo News ^ | October 23, 2002 | Dan Herbeck and Lou Michel
    James C. Kopp will have a new lawyer, long prominent in the pro-life movement, and a new defense strategy when he goes to trial in February in the Dr. Barnett A. Slepian murder case. Does this mean that Kopp's trial will turn into a right-to-life crusade? There were no clear answers Tuesday, but a series of court developments left the strong impression that the high-profile murder case could soon take a sharp turn toward the political. Erie County Judge Michael L. D'Amico set a tentative trial date of Feb. 3. Kopp, 47, told D'Amico and U.S. Magistrate Judge Hugh B....
  • CAMBRIA ASKS TO QUIT KOPP CASE

    10/22/2002 3:34:25 PM PDT · by Marianne · 3 replies · 196+ views
    The Buffalo News, page B-2 | October 22, 2002 | Dan Herbeck, News Staff Reporter
    Paul J. Cambria Jr, asked a federal judge today for permission to withdraw as James C. Kopp's defense attorney. Without giving a reason, Cambria asked U.S. Magistrate Judge Hugh B. Scott if he could drop out of the sniper murder case. Kopp then said he wanted Bruce A. Barket, a Long Island pro-life attorney, to represent him. "What is your reason, if you would like to state it?" Scott asked Kopp. "I'd rather not state it, if that's all right," Kopp answered. Scott said he will appoint an independent counsel to explain to Kopp any potential conflicts. Barket represents Loretta...
  • CAMBRIA EXPECTED TO QUIT KOPP'S MURDER CASE

    10/20/2002 5:22:11 PM PDT · by Marianne · 8 replies · 272+ views
    The Buffalo News ^ | October 20, 2002 | Dan Herbeck and Lou Michel
    Buffalo lawyer Paul J. Cambria Jr. is expected to withdraw, possibly within the next few days, as the lead defense attorney in the James C. Kopp murder case. According to sources in the legal community, sharp differences of opinion have developed in recent weeks between Cambria and some of Kopp's close friends and advisers over the approach that should be used to defend the accused killer of Dr. Barnett Slepian. "Paul Cambria wants to defend the case by attacking the evidence, by making the (prosecution) prove its case in court," one source close to the situation told The Buffalo News....
  • CHARGES DISMISSED FOR PAIR WHO AIDED KOPP

    10/19/2002 7:25:57 PM PDT · by Marianne · 5 replies · 194+ views
    The Buffalo News ^ | October 18, 2002 | Dan Herbeck, News Staff Reporter
    A federal judge in Buffalo reluctantly agreed late Thursday to dismiss felony charges against a man and woman from Brooklyn who admit that they helped James C. Kopp avoid capture after the 1998 murder of Dr. Barnett A. Slepian. The action taken by District Judge Richard J. Arcara clears the way for Kopp supporters Loretta Marra and Dennis Malvasi to go to New York City and take a plea deal comparable to one that Arcara criticized and refused to approve in August. Arcara agreed Thursday to a request from prosecutors to dismiss charges of obstructing justice and aiding a fugitive,...
  • PROSECUTORS ACT TO MOVE PRO-LIFE TRIAL TO N.Y. CITY

    09/26/2002 2:34:02 PM PDT · by Marianne · 11 replies · 155+ views
    The Buffalo News ^ | September 24, 2002 | Dan Herbeck, News Staff Reporter
    Government prosecutors took an unusual series of legal actions late Monday, seeking to prevent the case of two pro-life supporters of James C. Kopp from going to trial before a federal judge in Buffalo. In Buffalo, they filed court papers to drop the charges they filed last year against Loretta Marra and Dennis Malvasi of Brooklyn, who are accused of helping Kopp avoid capture by the FBI after the sniper murder of an Amherst physician. In New York City, they filed a new, greatly reduced criminal charge against Marra and Malvasi. Essentially, prosecutors asked to have the case moved from...