NOT GUILTY: Jury Clears Catholic Father Focused by Biden DOJ
A jury has discovered Mark Houck not responsible of federal costs introduced towards him by President Joe Biden’s Division of Justice.
The DOJ had charged Houck with two counts of violating the Freedom of Entry to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act when, exterior a Pennsylvania abortion clinic, Houck allegedly pushed a pro-abortion activist who was allegedly antagonizing his son.
A jury acquitted Houck of each DOJ costs on Monday.
“We’re, in fact, thrilled with the result,” Peter Breen, Thomas Extra Society Government Vice President and Head of Litigation, mentioned in a press release Monday. “Mark and his household at the moment are freed from the cloud that the Biden administration threw upon them.”
“We took on Goliath – the complete would possibly of america authorities – and received,” Breen added. “The jury noticed by and rejected the prosecution’s discriminatory case, which was harassment from day one. It is a win for Mark and your complete pro-life motion. The Biden Division of Justice’s intimidation towards pro-life folks and other people of religion has been put as a substitute.”
Breen beforehand instructed The Each day Sign that the Justice Division despatched “20-plus closely armed federal brokers with shields and lengthy weapons” to arrest Houck in late September as his kids watched “to intimidate pro-life folks and other people of religion.”
Houck pled not responsible to the federal costs. His authorized workforce argued that the Justice Division was violating the Structure by partaking in “viewpoint discrimination” and “selective prosecution” towards Houck, violating the Spiritual Freedom Restoration Act and the First Modification’s safety for the free train of faith.
“The Biden administration has filed two openly faulty and discriminatory costs towards Mark Houck underneath the FACE Act, and each needs to be dismissed,” Breen mentioned in a press release earlier this month. “Each counts allege that Mark Houck interfered with a so-called volunteer abortion affected person escort, when in actuality, Houck had a one-off altercation with a person who harassed Houck’s minor son, roughly 100 toes from the abortion enterprise and throughout the road.”
“This case is being introduced solely to intimidate folks of religion and pro-life People,” Breen aded. “Mark Houck is harmless of those lawless costs, and we intend to show that in court docket.”
His arrest had sparked a nationwide outcry towards the Justice Division as conservatives level to the discrepancies between the DOJ’s focusing on of pro-lifers and its obvious unwillingness to pursue costs within the huge variety of assaults on pro-life being pregnant facilities and church buildings because the leak of the draft Supreme Courtroom opinion indicating that Roe v. Wade would quickly be overturned (the DOJ lastly charged two radical activists with attacking pro-life Florida clinics final week).
“It is a big victory for freedom of speech for all People and an entire embarrassment for the FBI and DOJ as they aim peaceable 40 Days for Life volunteers,” mentioned 40 Days for Life CEO Shawn Carney. “For practically 20 years, 40 Days for Life has had a observe file of peaceable meeting and dealing properly with native, state, and federal legislation enforcement.”
“We had no situation underneath Bush, Obama, Trump, and even the primary two years of Biden’s DOJ,” he added. “The Biden DOJ and FBI are taking their anger over the Supreme Courtroom overturning Roe out on us. I hope after this victory they go away us alone… and give attention to harmful criminals in our nation, not pro-life volunteers with a peaceable observe file.”
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