by Associated Press
5:18 PM CST, March 7, 2013
A federal judge has ordered a Kansas anti-abortion activist to answer questions about her relationship and communications with Scott Roeder, the man who killed Wichita abortion provider George Tiller.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Kenneth Gale on Thursday also ordered Angel Dillard to answer the Justice Department's inquiries about her contacts with one of Roeder's fellow inmates. The inmate alleges the Valley Center woman solicited his participation in unlawful activities against abortion providers.
Gale rejected Dillard's argument that those conversations were protected by clergy-communicant privilege, noting that Dillard is not a minister.
The Justice Department sued Dillard in 2011 under a law aimed at protecting access to reproductive services. The department accuses her of sending a threatening letter to Dr. Mila Means, who was training to offer abortions after Tiller's 2009 murder.
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