By: David Rice Re: In The News YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (ITN) A man accused of threatening an abor

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By: David Rice Re: In The News YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (ITN) * A man accused of threatening an abortion doctor and his family was convicted Friday of stalking. Alan M. Smith, 41, faces similar allegations in a lawsuit the Justice Department filed under the Federal Access to Clinic Entrances Act. Dr. Gerald Applegate of Wexford, Pa., claimed that Smith ran him off the road, cursed him, sent him nasty letters, demonstrated outside his home and offices, and threatened him and his family. Municipal Judge Patrick Kerrigan sentenced Smith to the maximum six months in jail and a $1,000 fine, then suspended four months of the jail sentence and half the fine. Smith also was sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to perform 200 hours of community service. The sentence was delayed pending appeal; Smith was free on bail "Hopefully, this will send a message to him and his band of thugs that they cannot use this type of violent action against medical providers," said Applegate, who works in Youngstown and Pittsburgh. Smith is due in court Feb. 15, when the government will ask for an injunction barring him from harassing the doctor. He's already under a temporary order to leave Applegate alone. ___ * OFFLINE 1.58 * Creationism: Protozoa can't "pop into being," but a *SUPREME BEING* can.

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