Statesman Journal from Salem, Oregon on July 13, 2005 · Page 2
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Wednesday, July 13, 2005
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Wednesday, July 13, 2005 OREGON Statesman Journal 7C OREGON CITY Step-grandmother faces murder charge in boy's death OHIZDGnffilD Christine CofFman led police to missing boy's body Saturday By Rukmini Callimachi The Associated Press A 43-year-old woman accused of killing her 4-year-old step-grandson and leaving his body in the woods was indicted on a charge of aggravated murder Tuesday by a Clackamas Coun ty grand jury. Christine Coff-man, 43, who appeared via closed-circuit TV did not enter a plea during a court appearance. She was being held without bail at the Clackamas County jail, where she has been on suicide watch since her arrest more than a week ago. Coffman led police to the body of Matal Sanchez off a '2J tSmmJirmti Coffman heavily wooded stretch of road about 25 miles from the boy's suburban home in Milwaukie. The child's mother reported him missing July 6. The step-grandmother had left the house that day, and police initially assumed that the child was with her. Investigators questioned Coffman upon her return three hours Matal later, when she arrived at the house without him, her T-shirt stained with a red substance. Neighbors and family members searched for the boy before Coffman led police to his body July 9. An autopsy indicated the boy died of one or more blows to the head. No other details about the death have been released. Clackamas County Chief Deputy District Attorney Greg Horner declined to give information after the Tuesday hearing. Jenny Cooke, the attorney for Coffman, said that her client was suffering emotionally. "My client has been on suicide watch; I think that says everything you need to know about her mental state," she told reporters outside the courtroom. The child's mother, Laura Acevedo, and her husband, Daniel Acevedo, who is Christine Coffman's son, did not appear in court Tuesday. According to police, Daniel Acevedo had not contacted his mother as of last week. ,Agf?5 PORTLAND Abortion foes seek to reopen case on 'Wanted' posters Group wants $108.5 million ruling overturned By Rukmini Callimachi The Associated Press Anti-abortion activists who were ordered by a federal jury to pay $108.5 million in damages after creating a set of "Wanted" posters listing the names and addresses of a dozen doctors are asking a federal court to revisit the case. The activists, who claimed that the posters were protected by the First Amendment, want the court to reconsider the punitive damages awarded in the case, according to attorneys. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Portland heard arguments Tuesday and is expected to rule within the next several months. In 2002, the 9th Circuit ruled that the posters and an accompanying Web site constituted an illegal threat. But the activists claim that a recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court significantly raised the bar on what constitutes true intimidation. "Now you have to specifically intend to cause harm," said Edward White, a lawyer representing the abortion foes, who were first sued in 1995 by Planned Parenthood and sever al doctors. Maria Vullo, the lawyer for Planned Parenthood and the abortion doctors, said the anti-abortion activists have been "refiling the case over and over again." "I don't believe that the court this morning is accepting fheir efforts to relitigate the case," she said. The Wild West-style poster named 13 abortion doctors, including three in Oregon, underneath the headline, "Wanted." A related Web site, titled the "Nuremberg Files," declared the doctors guilty of crimes against humanity and listed their addresses and phone numbers. Four physicians, claiming they feared for their lives, sued under racketeering laws and a 1994 federal law that makes it illegal to incite violence against abortion doctors. They pointed to Dr. Bayard Britton, who was shot and killed, along with his bodyguard, by an abortion protester outside a Pensacola, Fla., abortion clinic in July 1994 after his name appeared on a similar poster. Florida executed Paul Hill, 49, in September 2003 for the murders. Abortion opponents called the posters a form of protest. "If you read them, there is no threat," said Portland resident Paul DeParrie, who helped craft the poster at the heart of the legal battle. PORTLAND Sen. Wyden to marry in fall The Associated Press U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden plans to marry Nancy Bass, the co-owner of The Strand book store in New York City, in the fall, the Oregon Democrat's office said Tuesday. 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