(Hanover) Evening Sun: Charges dropped against abortion rights activist
Sending love out to ACLU-PA staff attorney Paula Knudsen and volunteer attorney Steve Rice on this one. Adams County is not a constitution-free zone.
A man arrested during a January pro-abortion-rights rally in Gettysburg questioned the constitutionality of the borough ordinance he violated, his arrest and the charges against him.
So Adams County Assistant District Attorney Shane Crosby in court Tuesday withdrew two of the charges against Bruce Kerr Davis, essentially killing the constitutionality challenge at the criminal level.
Paula Knudsen, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union, said Davis is considering challenging the ordinance’s constitutionality at the civil level.
Davis, 53, of York, still faces a single charge of disorderly conduct. And he will return to district court for a hearing.
I’d like to comment more, but since this is in the midst of litigation, we’ll leave it be.
Knudsen cited 18 cases from across the country to support her argument.
After the constitutionality challenge was eliminated, George addressed Knudsen, “I guess that makes your visit to Adams County moot.”
But Knudsen said she was – and still is – looking forward to arguing the case.
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
Andy in Harrisburg