The 2008 feature "Planned Parenthood's Scheme to Bust Abortion Protesters" focused on longtime pro-life advocate Jo Scott. That August, she was convicted of violating the state's "bubble law," which prohibits anti-abortion types from coming within eight feet of anyone in a hundred-foot radius of a clinic without their okay. Her 180-day prison sentence was suspended so long as she didn't repeat the feat for a year. Now, though, Scott's back with a guilty verdict -- and a case of déjà vu.
A year ago this month, according to the Denver District Attorney's Office, Scott approached a woman going to a Planned Parenthood facility in Denver in a manner that presumably punctured the bubble. The result: two misdemeanor charges that carry a maximum penalty of six months behind bars.
Don't expect the prospect of such a sentence to dissuade Scott from continuing her crusade. Three years ago, she told former Westword writer Sean Cronin that she "occasionally might take a step too close" to a Planned Parenthood employee, but she was willing to risk punishment because "I serve God. I don't serve man."
She added that she considers herself a hero, noting, "If I were a fireman and I saved three lives in a day, I'd be on the news!"
Well, she's in the news today -- but for a different reason. Here's the DA's office release.
PROTESTER FOUND GUILTY
A woman from Winter Park who regularly protests at abortion clinics was found guilty today by a Denver County Court jury of two misdemeanor counts related to an incident that occurred last year.
Jo Ann Scott (dob: 07-27-52) was found guilty of engaging in prohibited activities near a health care facility (M3) and harassment (M3). A Class 3 misdemeanor carries a maximum penalty of 6 months in the Denver County Jail.
Scott was arrested outside of the Planned Parenthood Healthcare Facility at 7155 East 38th Ave on April 2, 2010 after unlawfully approaching a woman who was entering the facility.
Denver Deputy District Attorney Blake Harrison and Deputy District Attorney Jason Kramer tried the case.
Scott is scheduled to appear for sentencing in Denver County Courtroom 3B at 9:00 a.m. on June 6, 2011.
Note: The original version of this post stated that Scott pleaded guilty. Sorry for the error.
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