The DOJ Pays $120,000 in Failed Attempt to Bully a Pro-Life Woman

The Department of Justice is doing all it can to hinder the pro-life cause.

I was sent a link to this post by someone whom the DOJ is pursuing a similar action against. Check out this story from the Daily Caller:

For several months now the Obama administration has been abusing our judicial system through a concerted political intimidation campaign via the federal courts. Obama has instructed the Justice Department to sue a number of pro-life counselors and volunteers for allegedly violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrance (FACE) Act.


. . . the Justice Department has just faced an embarrassing smack down on the highest profile of these cases. It has dropped an appeal in Holder v. Pineagainst pro-life sidewalk counselor Mary “Susan” Pine, who is represented by the civil rights firm Liberty Counsel. The DOJ has agreed to pay $120,000 for this frivolous lawsuit which, as the evidence indicated, was intended to intimidate Ms. Pine and send a shot over the bow of pro-lifers around the country.

Mr. Holder unsuccessfully sought thousands of dollars in fines against Ms. Pine, as well as a permanent injunction banning her from counseling women on the public sidewalk outside the Presidential Women’s Center (PWC) abortion mill (or any other “reproductive services” clinic).

After 18 months of litigation, the DOJ’s case was thrown out of federal court, and the department was chastised in a scathing ruling by U.S. District Judge Kenneth Ryskamp for filing a case with no evidence.

Judge Ryskamp wrote that Holder’s complete failure to present any evidence of wrongdoing, coupled with the DOJ’s cozy relationship with PWC and their apparent joint decision to destroy video surveillance footage of the alleged “obstruction,” caused the court to suspect a conspiracy at the highest levels of the Obama administration. “The Court is at a loss as to why the Government chose to prosecute this particular case in the first place,” wrote Judge Ryskamp. “The Court can only wonder whether this action was the product of a concerted effort between the Government and PWC, which began well before the date of the incident at issue, to quell Ms. Pine’s activities rather than to vindicate the rights of those allegedly aggrieved by Ms. Pine’s conduct.”

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  1. I’m looking around to see if anyone is surprised at the government’s (Holder’s) behavior. Strangely, I see no one.

    (If he’ll give machine guns to Mexican drug runners, I don’t think suing pro-life activists is a quantum leap for him.)

    So who’s going to be surprised when he does the same with pro-marriage groups?

    Not me.

    1. Perhaps I should clarify my penultimate sentence, so I don’t end up on a no-fly list-

      I don’t think he’ll give machine guns to same-sex marriage proponents. But I do think he’ll sue traditional-marriage proponents.

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