August 24, 2010
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Files Politically Motivated Suit Against Pro-Lifers
West Palm Beach, FL – Liberty Counsel has agreed to represent Mary Susan Pine, a sidewalk abortion counselor, who is being sued by the politically motivated U.S. Attorney General, Eric Holder. Using the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) federal law and seeking the maximum fine of $10,000, Holder alleges that Pine “obstructed” a car entering a Florida abortion clinic nearly a year ago, on November 19, 2009. The suit is entitled Holder v. Pine.
Holder’s lawsuit acknowledges that Pine frequently appears at the Presidential Women’s Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. Pine herself has had an abortion and for the past 20 years has counseled women about the tragedy of abortion. The suit alleges only one act on November 19, 2009, in which Holder claims Pine obstructed a car by stepping in front of the vehicle when it entered the clinic. Pine never obstructs anyone and denies she ever obstructed any vehicle. Notwithstanding, Holder’s suit alleges Pine is a threat and must be fined the maximum of $10,000. Holder’s complaint is only 3½ pages. Since the passage of FACE in 1994, this case is the first time anyone has been sued in Florida under the law.
In the Liberty Counsel case of Cheffer v. Reno, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that FACE can only be applied to actual physical force or threat of force. Based on the erroneous allegations in Holder’s complaint, the Attorney General has no case.
Mathew Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel and Dean of Liberty University School of Law, commented: “This lawsuit by Attorney General Eric Holder is politically motivated and patently frivolous. It is designed to intimidate pro-lifers. We will not allow the Attorney General to push around little people and intimidate them for their pro-life beliefs. When Attorney General Eric Holder should be prosecuting terrorists, he is wasting time manufacturing baseless lawsuits against harmless pro-lifers. This action by the Attorney General is an abuse of power and an example of misplaced priorities.”
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