Skip to comments.Father Raided By FBI Found Not Guilty Of Federal Charges Alleging He Assaulted Abortion Worker
Posted on 01/30/2023 5:18:52 PM PST by NorthMountain
Catholic pro-life activist Mark Houck was found not guilty Monday of federal charges alleging he violated the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act.
A Pennsylvania federal grand jury indicted Houck for allegations that he assaulted an abortion clinic volunteer, Bruce Love, in Philadelphia in September 2022. Federal officials claimed that Houck violated the FACE Act by using “force with the intent to injure, intimidate, and interfere with anyone because that person is a provider of reproductive health care.”
Following a jury deadlock that delayed its decision, Houck was acquitted of both charges of violations of the FACE Act.
“This is a win not just for the pro-life movement and Mark but for free speech and every single American,” 40 Days for Life’s general counsel, Matt Britton, said in a statement provided to the Daily Caller. “The federal government trumped up charges months after a local case had been dismissed. If the feds had prevailed, every argument in front of every abortion facility, no matter the subject, could result in federal charges.”
“The feds tried to make a point that they would not tolerate pro-life speech and tried to make Mark an example that they would charge and intimidate pro-lifers, all while claiming that they represent democracy and free speech. But not today. The system worked, and justice prevailed.”
At least 15 agents stormed Houck’s home while pointing their weapons at the 48-year-old, his wife and seven children in October, according to his wife. His children allegedly begged the agents not to arrest their father as the FBI surrounded the house in the early morning hours.
Today, a jury will decide the fate of a Catholic father of 7 who was raided by armed FBI agents for allegedly violating the FACE Act.
Mark Houck is accused of pushing an abortion clinic volunteer, but he argues he was protecting his 12-year-old son from abuse. @DailyCaller pic.twitter.com/2ReiECxKIX
— Sarah Weaver 💍 (@SarahHopeWeaver) January 30, 2023
Houck, who pleaded not guilty to the charges in September, contends he was defending his 12-year-old son from verbal harassment and pushed away Love in the process, the Catholic News Agency reported. Legal counsel for 40 Days for Life, where Mark Houck participates, tells the Daily Caller that the FACE Act does not apply to volunteer escorts such as Love and that on both occasions leading to the charges Love approached Houck down the block from the abortion facility, not outside the abortion clinic. In the second incident, legal counsel says the altercation was not about abortion, as required for a FACE violation, but Love’s abusive behavior towards Houck’s 12-year-old son.
Some attorneys have expressed concern that the Biden administration is “weaponizing” the FACE Act to go after pro-life Americans.
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A Canemaster cane can be an appropriate aid.
In the meantime, that got the joy of putting him through hell.
Sue the fbi and doj for wrongful prosecution.
A WISE and INFORMED Jury frees an innocent man, and Satan accepts more FBI and Justice Department enlistments and prepares their reward.
The real legal issue here was uncovered by his legal team - congressional testimony (by Ted Kennedy, no less,) said that the FACR bill was designed to exclude escorts.
That means every pending DOJ case that involves merely an interaction between a defendant and an escort has no legal basis.
Also, any previous convictions under the FACE that only include an escort could be vacated.
That's a huge problem. The process is the punishment ... who will pay his legal fees for defending himself from prosecutorial misconduct? It should come out of the DA's pocket.
A win!! Few and far between.
Glory hallelujah! I’ve been praying for this man!
Just our overlords reminding us non-compliant peons who’s really in charge. E
ven when found not guilty the legal fees will bankrupt him and his family.
Hail Schwab!!! Hail Soros!!! Hail Victory!!!
WEF above all else!!!
(I suppose it sounds better in German ...)
I’M SHOCKED… JUSTICE WAS SERVED. This so-called criminal case should NEVER have been brought.
“ Glory hallelujah! I’ve been praying for this man!”
He will be interviewed on Hannity tonight. It will be the first time I watched that show since before the 2020 elections.
All authoritarian dictatorships sound better in the original script.
Ole Klaus sounds a lot like German to me.
I haven’t watched Fox anything since probably 2005. Not sure exactly when I shut it off, but somewhere around then. I don’t watch any *news*, and haven’t for quite some time. At least 15 years and closer to 20. I can find anything I need to see on the internet after the fact.
good. when they come at us directly as Christians, we must “Contend for the faith.”
This father who merely shoved someone who was harassing his son has already been treated 10 times worse than the FBI murderers of Ruby Ridge.
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