Should Joe Scarborough Speak Up on Tiller Killing?
As you're probably aware Dr. George Tiller, the medical director of a Wichita, Kansas clinic that provided late-term abortions, was killed this weekend while attending a church ceremony. Scott Roeder, a far-right anti-tax nut with a history of mental illness and a taste for the fire and brimstone of the Old Testament, is in custody as the sole suspect.
The first two abortion doctors murdered by pro-life assassins were shot to death on their way to Pensacola clinics, both during Joe Scarborough's first congressional campaign. In 1993, Dr. David Gunn was killed, and Michael Griffin was accused of his murder. Scarborough represented Griffin pro bono, attributing it, to this day, to a relationship between his then father-in-law and Griffin's father--a relationship that neither would confirm despite numerous calls by the Voice. It is, by any measure, a strange "favor for a friend," which is what Scarborough calls it, though he says he hasn't seen Michael's father, Thomas Griffin, since. Thomas Griffin contributed twice to Scarborough's campaign, $200 each time.
Scarborough then went on to win his first campaign with a nice influx of cash from pro-life groups.
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