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  • Abortion Foe Could Face 2 Life Terms { KOPP }

    06/19/2007 12:49:10 PM PDT · by SmithL · 50 replies · 733+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 6/19/7 | CAROLYN THOMPSON, Associated Press Writer
    Buffalo, N.Y. (AP) -- Federal prosecutors sought two life sentences Tuesday for a militant abortion opponent already serving 25 years to life for murdering a doctor who performed abortions. James Kopp's sentencing in U.S. District Court will bring to a close a case that began nearly nine years ago with the sniper-style slaying of Dr. Barnett Slepian in the kitchen of his suburban Amherst home. Kopp was convicted in 2003 on a state charge of second-degree murder for Slepian's death and sentenced to prison. In January, a federal jury convicted him on related charges that he violated the Freedom of...
  • Abortion provider's killer wants federal charges dropped

    08/03/2004 7:58:17 AM PDT · by TomDoniphon68 · 1 replies · 265+ views
    wstm ^ | 7/13/04
    An attorney for James Kopp says the federal government should drop its prosecution of him for killing an abortion provider because he's already likely to spend the rest of his life in prison. Public defender John Humann is also challenging the constitutionality of the federal law under which Kopp is charged. The arguments were made in papers filed last week in U-S District Court, where Kopp is awaiting trial in the 1998 shotgun slaying of Doctor Barnett Slepian in his suburban Amherst home. Kopp is serving 25 years to life in prison after being convicted of state-filed murder charges last...
  • DEFIANT KOPP GETS 25 YEARS TO LIFE

    05/10/2003 10:16:20 AM PDT · by Marianne · 28 replies · 484+ views
    The Buffalo News ^ | May 10, 2003 | Dan Herbeck and Jay Rey
    He insisted he is not a murderer. He swore that he shot Dr. Barnett A. Slepian only because he was trying to wound him and prevent him from aborting unborn babies. But after listening to James C. Kopp's story for 90 minutes Friday, a judge gave him the maximum sentence for the 1998 assassination of the Amherst physician and abortion provider. Saying he disputes Kopp's claim that he did not intend to kill Slepian, Erie County Judge Michael L. D'Amico sentenced the 48-year-old anti-abortion activist to 25 years to life in prison. D'Amico said he found it "inconceivable" that Kopp...
  • LONG PRISON TERM AWAITS KOPP

    05/09/2003 5:47:03 PM PDT · by Marianne · 14 replies · 234+ views
    The Buffalo News ^ | May 9, 2003 | Michael Beebe, News Staff reporter
    James C. Kopp likely will be sent to prison today for the maximum term of 25 years to life for the murder of Dr. Barnett A. Slepian. Even Kopp's attorney expects nothing less. Kopp, who killed Slepian in his Amherst home with a single bullet from a high-powered military rifle, will speak in his own behalf for the first time in court. Lynne Slepian, who has been in court for every proceeding since Kopp's arrest in March 2001, may also speak in court for the first time since her husband's death. She and three of the couple's four children are...
  • KOPP SENTENCING TOMORROW

    05/08/2003 3:16:27 PM PDT · by Marianne · 4 replies · 205+ views
    WKBW-TV Buffalo, NY ^ | May 8, 2003
    The eyes of the nation and the world will be on Buffalo tomorrow, when the confessed killer of Dr. Barnett Slepian is expected to make a statement. It's the most high profile case in recent memory in Erie County. Security will be tight for James Kopp's sentencing tomorrow, but Sheriff Patrick Gallivan expects no problems: "There's no threats. There's no real extra concern that there will be a problem, but we're not meeting our obligation if we don't take every precaution," Gallivan said. It took four and a half years to get to this point, and there have been several...
  • 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...
  • KOPP IS CONVICTED OF MURDER

    03/19/2003 7:38:00 PM PST · by Marianne · 2 replies · 187+ views
    The Buffalo News ^ | March 19, 2003 | Michael Beebe, news staff reporter
    Slaying of Amherst doctor intentional, judge rules.James C. Kopp intentionally murdered Dr. Barnett A. Slepian, a judge ruled Tuesday, ending the debate about whether Kopp was right to use the defense that he shot Slepian but did not mean to kill him. Erie County Judge Michael L. D'Amico sealed Kopp's future with a single sentence, without explanation, as judges often do in nonjury trials. D'Amico, by convicting Kopp of intentional murder, never had to consider the second count of depraved indifference to human life. The second murder charge was added after Kopp's November confession to The Buffalo News. "After very...
  • JUDGE WEIGHS CONTRASTING PORTRAITS OF KOPP

    03/18/2003 6:35:47 PM PST · by Marianne · 1 replies · 248+ views
    The Buffalo News ^ | March 18, 2003 | Michael Beebe, news staff reporter
    Is James C. Kopp a religious zealot and coldblooded assassin who meant to kill Dr. Barnett A. Slepian? Or is he a deeply moral man who intended to only wound Slepian to stop him from performing abortions? Kopp, 48, a longtime abortion protester, was described both ways Monday as he finally had his day in court, a very unusual day in court. It was a trial without witnesses, without testimony, as prosecutors read aloud a 35-page summary of the evidence agreed to by both the defense and the prosecution. Many of the events had previously been described piecemeal - either...
  • ALL EYES ON BUFFALO FOR KOPP'S BRIEF TRIAL

    03/16/2003 9:54:21 AM PST · by Marianne · 2 replies · 230+ views
    The Buffalo News ^ | March 16, 2003 | Michael Beebe, news staff reporter
    James C. Kopp won't have anything to say Monday during his one-day trial in Erie County Court for the assassination of Dr. Barnett A. Slepian. No one will testify. There will be no witnesses. It now appears likely he won't have anything to say in U.S. District Court, either. By shooting Slepian, he faces federal charges of obstructing access to an abortion clinic. Legal sources also expect a nonjury trial in federal court - using evidence agreed to by the prosecution and defense - similar to Monday's trial before County Judge Michael L. D'Amico. Or they expect some other resolution...
  • KOPP CHOOSES NON-JURY TRIAL

    03/12/2003 2:08:00 PM PST · by Marianne · 1 replies · 210+ views
    The Buffalo News ^ | March 12, 2003 | Michael Beebe, news staff reporter
    No witnesses will testify; judge will hand down verdict in Slepian killing James C. Kopp rejected the advice from two of his three lawyers and even the judge Tuesday, giving up his right to let a jury decide the evidence against him in the October 1998 murder of Dr. Barnett A. Slepian. And Kopp, in an even more unusual move, agreed to give up his right to a traditional trial. Kopp said he wants the judge - Michael L. D'Amico of Erie County Court - to find him innocent or guilty based on a 30-page summary of the evidence prepared...
  • KOPP IN COURT (waives his right to a jury trial)

    03/11/2003 3:17:13 PM PST · by Marianne · 3 replies · 239+ views
    WKBW-TV, Buffalo NY ^ | March 11, 2003
    A jury trial that could have lasted as long as a month now could be over in less than a day. James Kopp is waiving his right to have a 12-member jury decide his fate. Instead, Erie County Court Judge Michael D'Amico will decide whether Kopp is guilty in the murder of Amherst abortion provider Dr. Barnett Slepian. Kopp was indicted on two charges: intentional murder and murder by impraved indifference. there would be no witnesses taking the stand, all of the evidence presented by the prosecution would be agreed to by the defense. Attorneys on both sides see a...
  • SUDDEN TWIST HINTED IN KOPP TRIAL

    03/11/2003 8:56:37 AM PST · by Marianne · 3 replies · 183+ views
    The Buffalo News | March 11, 2003 | Michael Beebe, news staff reporter
    James C. Kopp already has removed the mystery of who shot Dr. Barnett A. Slepian. Will he now short-circuit his murder trial by agreeing to a stipulated set of facts and asking the judge, not a jury, to hear the case? Legal sources close to the case say that such an announcement could come today when Kopp returns to the courtroom of Erie County Judge Michael L. D'Amico. But neither Kopp's attorney, Bruce A. Barket, nor Erie County District Attorney Frank J. Clark, citing a gag order in the case, would comment on what was expected to happen. However, they...
  • ABORTION ISSUE LOOMS LARGE

    03/04/2003 5:20:59 PM PST · by Marianne · 4 replies · 268+ views
    The Buffalo News ^ | March 4, 2003 | Matt Gryta, news staff reporter
    As jury selection begins, questionnaires look for signs of bias on volatile pointsProspective jurors in the murder trial of James C. Kopp are being asked whether their views on the issue of abortion would affect their objectivity in the case. Jury selection began in earnest Monday morning in the trial of Kopp, 48, who is charged with the October 1998 sniper slaying of Dr. Barnett A. Slepian, an obstetrician/gynecologist and abortion provider, who was shot as he stood in his Amherst home. Out of a potential jury pool of 500, 150 people filed through the courtroom of Erie County Judge...
  • KOPP TRIAL JURY PICKS TO BEGIN MONDAY

    03/02/2003 4:13:03 PM PST · by Marianne · 1 replies · 179+ views
    The Buffalo News ^ | March 1, 2002 | Michael Beebe, news staff reporter
    Erie County Judge Michael L. D'Amico has cleared the start of jury selection for James C. Kopp's murder trial on Monday by rejecting defense motions to throw out search warrants in the case and to dismiss the murder indictment for a variety of causes. D'Amico ruled Friday there was sufficient evidence presented to an Erie County grand jury to indict Kopp on a new charge of murder through a depraved indifference to life in the fatal Oct. 28, 1998, shooting of Dr. Barnett A. Slepian. The judge also said there was no evidence that Kopp's second indictment violated the extradition...
  • JURY SELECTION IN KOPP TRIAL WILL BEGIN MONDAY

    02/26/2003 12:13:20 PM PST · by Marianne · 4 replies · 223+ views
    The Buffalo News ^ | February 25, 2003 | Michael Beebe, news staff reporter
    A judge ordered jury selection to begin Monday in the state murder trial of James C. Kopp, as attorneys argued whether France would have extradited Kopp under the new indictment prosecutors obtained after his November confession that he fatally shot Dr. Barnett A. Slepian. Erie County Judge Michael L. D'Amico heard arguments by Kopp's attorney Monday on why he should dismiss indictments against the abortion foe or, at the least, why he should grant two more months before the trial begins to counter possible new evidence. "I'll tell you what, I'm through letting you guys pick the dates," D'Amico said...
  • PRO-LIFE ACTIVIST SAYS SHE GOT KOPP OUT OF U.S.

    02/08/2003 5:42:49 PM PST · by Marianne · 225 replies · 358+ views
    The Buffalo News ^ | February 8, 2003 | Matt Gryta
    An anti-abortion activist admitted Friday that she drove James C. Kopp to Mexico in late 1998 when he was wanted for questioning in the murder of Dr. Barnett A. Slepian. Jennifer Rock, 32, said at a court hearing that she helped Kopp who now admits he shot the Amherst abortion provider because she was sure he was the victim of a U.S. Justice Department setup. "I believed he was innocent," said Rock, who came to know Kopp through the right-to-life movement. That trip to Mexico started Kopp on a 52-month trek as a fugitive in England, Scotland, Ireland and France....
  • KOPP'S ATTORNEY CHALLENGING FBI SEARCHES

    02/05/2003 2:33:49 PM PST · by Marianne · 1 replies · 168+ views
    The Buffalo News ^ | February 2, 2003 | Michael Beebe, News Staff Reporter
    James C. Kopp may have confessed - with his lawyer present - to the killing of Dr. Barnett A. Slepian, but you wouldn't know it by the court battles that very same attorney is waging. Kopp's attorney is challenging the legality of three FBI searches, a new indictment based on his November confession and whether authorities are violating Kopp's constitutional rights by prosecuting him in both state and federal courts. And the prosecutor in the case said that, by itself, Kopp's confession to The Buffalo News would only prove first-degree manslaughter, not the second-degree murder that he's been charged with...
  • 'ARMY' OUTNUMBERED

    01/24/2003 9:30:51 AM PST · by Marianne · 5 replies · 260+ views
    The Buffalo News ^ | January 23, 2003 | Michael Beebe and Jay Rey
    They call themselves the Army of God, but if Wednesday's protest for accused murderer James C. Kopp is any indication, they'd have trouble filling out a military squad, let alone an army. The dozen or so abortion foes who gathered in front of the Erie County Holding Center, where Kopp is jailed, are united in their belief that violence to stop abortions is justified. Outnumbered by twice as many counterdemonstrators, they held signs and chanted support for Kopp, the admitted killer of Dr. Barnett A. Slepian. Kopp said he shot Slepian so he could perform no more abortions. "The message...
  • LAW ENFORCEMENT READIES FOR ABORTION RALLY

    01/15/2003 3:08:51 PM PST · by Marianne · 10 replies · 248+ views
    The Buffalo News ^ | January 15, 2003 | Jerry Zremski and Vanessa Thomas
    Local, state and federal law enforcement will be ready to protect not only Buffalo's abortion clinic, but also local hospitals and gay bars, when anti-abortion radicals come to town next week to rally in support of admitted killer James C. Kopp. Harold Litwin, chief of operations for the Buffalo Police Department, said Tuesday that protests - planned by individuals linked to the radical Army of God - may not be limited to the city's Womenservices Clinic. "It's a real threat," Litwin said. "We know that members of Army of God have criminal records and there are some with some serious...
  • 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 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'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...
  • Anti-abortion Activist Admits to Killing Doctor (Title Says It All About Media Bias)

    11/20/2002 3:09:05 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 21 replies · 247+ views
    Yahoo! News (AP) ^ | 8/20/02 | n/a
    Abortion Foe Admits to Killing Doctor Wed Nov 20, 9:02 AM ET Add U.S. National - AP to My Yahoo! BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Anti-abortion activist James Kopp admitted in a jailhouse interview that he killed a doctor who provided abortions, but said he only intended to wound the man, the Buffalo News reported. "The truth is not that I regret shooting Dr. (Barnett) Slepian. I regret that he died," Kopp told the newspaper in an interview published Wednesday. "I aimed at his shoulder. The bullet took a crazy ricochet, and that's what killed him. One of my goals was...
  • Kopp Confesses

    11/20/2002 6:13:36 AM PST · by KeyBored · 33 replies · 335+ views
    Buffalo News Online ^ | 11/20/2002 | Lou Michel
    KOPP CONFESSES Tells News in jail interview that outrage about abortion prompted shooting of doctor By LOU MICHEL and DAN HERBECK- Copyright 2002, The Buffalo News James C. Kopp has admitted he shot and killed Dr. Barnett A. Slepian. Kopp confessed to The Buffalo News that he planned the sniper shooting for a year, hid in the woods behind Slepian's Amherst home and fired the shot that killed the abortion provider. In a jailhouse interview, Kopp said he scouted Slepian's neighborhood several times and also considered shooting other local doctors who provided abortions before he killed Slepian on Oct.
  • 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 COULD TESTIFY, NEW ATTORNEY SUGGESTS

    10/30/2002 7:44:31 PM PST · by Marianne · 3 replies · 261+ views
    The Buffalo News ^ | October 30, 2002 | Dan Herbeck, News Staff Reporter
    James C. Kopp's new attorney has not ruled out the possibility of the accused killer of Dr. Barnett A. Slepian taking the witness stand when he goes to trial next year. "I can't rule that out," said Bruce A. Barket, a Long Island attorney and abortion opponent who was approved Tuesday to head Kopp's defense team at Erie County Court. "That hasn't been decided yet." If he does testify in his own defense, would Kopp reveal what he was doing - and what his motivations were - on the night Slepian was killed? Barket declined to speculate on defense strategy,...
  • KOPP COULD TESTIFY, NEW ATTORNEY SUGGESTS

    10/30/2002 7:43:30 PM PST · by Marianne · 1 replies · 133+ views
    The Buffalo News ^ | October 30, 2002 | Dan Herbeck, News Staff Reporter
    James C. Kopp's new attorney has not ruled out the possibility of the accused killer of Dr. Barnett A. Slepian taking the witness stand when he goes to trial next year. "I can't rule that out," said Bruce A. Barket, a Long Island attorney and abortion opponent who was approved Tuesday to head Kopp's defense team at Erie County Court. "That hasn't been decided yet." If he does testify in his own defense, would Kopp reveal what he was doing - and what his motivations were - on the night Slepian was killed? Barket declined to speculate on defense strategy,...
  • 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...
  • KOPP LINEUP PROMPTS QUERY BY JUDGE

    09/17/2002 3:29:09 PM PDT · by Marianne · 4 replies · 217+ views
    The Buffalo News ^ | October 17, 2002 | Matt Gryta, News Staff Reporter
    After prosecutors disclosed Monday that five people viewed James C. Kopp in a lineup last month, a judge ordered the prosecutors to explain why they refused to give Kopp's defense team the people's names before his trial in the sniper slaying of Amherst physician Barnett A. Slepian. Erie County Judge Michael L. D'Amico, without ruling on defense complaints of violations of Kopp's due process and other constitutional rights, scheduled an Oct. 17 hearing on the eyewitness issue related to the Aug. 29 lineups. In a case involving about 37,000 evidence documents, D'Amico noted that "sooner or later, and probably sooner,...
  • MARRA, MALVASI SET FOR SEPTEMBER 10 TRIAL

    09/09/2002 4:35:16 PM PDT · by Marianne · 2 replies · 267+ views
    Special to The Wanderer | September 5, 2002
    BUFFALO - Loretta Marra's premonitions that Federal District Court Judge Richard Arcara would reject a plea agreement forged over the summer between federal prosecutors and lawyers representing her and her husband, Dennis Malvasi were realized in a Buffalo courtroom August 21 when Arcara killed the deal. A testy Judge Arcara accused both the government's attorneys and the defendants' attorneys of manipulating the legal system, and accused Marra and Malvasi of being "accessories" to the murder of Buffalo abortionist Barnett Slepian. Marra and Malvasi, who have already served 17 months in jail for helping James Kopp return to the United States...
  • KOPP LETTER MAY HOLD KEY TO WHY HE FLED

    09/02/2002 2:46:45 PM PDT · by Marianne · 5 replies · 129+ views
    The Buffalo News ^ | September 2, 2002 | Dan Herbeck and Lou Michel
    When James C. Kopp goes to trial sometime next year in the Dr. Barnett A. Slepian murder case, two puzzling questions will present a huge challenge for his defense lawyers. If Kopp really is - as he insists - not guilty, why did he flee to Mexico, Scotland, Ireland and France after the 1998 murder? And why didn't he turn himself in and refute the charges against him? His supporters believe they have a reasonable answer, and Kopp has provided it. In a letter to friends and supporters, the ardent pro-life activist said he did not turn himself in because...