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Judge Dismisses Roeder’s Petition for Release

A Sedgwick County Kansas judge dismissed a petition for release filed by Scott Roeder, the convicted murderer of George Tiller, MD, on Friday at the request of Roeder’s attorney. According to the Associated Press, Roeder filed the petition, which complained about prison conditions and sought a subsequent release from prison, in February. Judge Timothy Henderson ruled the petition to be moot due to the fact that it references conditions at a prison where Roeder is no longer being held, the Sedgwick County jail, reported the Associated Press. Roeder is currently being held at the state prison in El Dorado, where the Sedgwick County court has no jurisdiction. Roeder was sentenced in April to 50 years in prison without the possibility of parole, after being convicted of killing Dr. Tiller in May 2009 at the doctor’s church. Dr. Tiller, who was medical director of the Women’s Health Care Services clinic in Wichita, Kansas, was one of the few late-term abortion providers in the country at the time of his murder.

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Associated Press 6/4/10, 6/4/10; Feminist Daily Newswire 4/2/10, 6/3/10