A group of “Red Rose Rescue” pro-life activists – who go into abortion businesses to offer women an alternative and a red rose – went on trial on trespassing charges in Washington, D.C., on Thursday.
Less than 30 seconds later, they were free, with all charges dismissed.
The stunning result was announced by lawyers for Life Legal Defense Fund representing the activists on counts of criminal trespass for their entry into Capital Women’s Services in Washington in July.
It was the first case called by the judge Thursday morning, which LLDF said was unusual. Typically, courts elect to dispense with procedural and other less time-consuming matters before calling up trials on the docket.
The judge asked the parties whether they were ready for trial, and U.S. Attorney Jana Maser, prosecuting the case, said no, as she could not produce any witnesses. Defending the activists was LLDF lawyer John Garza.
“The judge then asked Garza how he would like to proceed. Garza requested a dismissal of all charges, which was immediately granted,” LLDF said.
According to Red Rose activist David Nix, a priest, the hearing took place in less than 30 seconds.
“We are pleased with the outcome of today’s trial,” said Life Legal Defense Foundation Executive Director Alexandra Snyder. “The Red Rose Rescuers are heroes in the pro-life movement, willing to sacrifice their freedom to prevent women and babies from becoming victims of the abortion holocaust. We are honored to stand in their defense and in the defense of the dignity of human life.”
The defense counsel had been prepared to document the dangers to babies as well as women posed by the abortion facility. LLDF said Capital Women’s Services is affiliated with Steven Brigham, a notorious late-term abortion doctor. Brigham has been charged with neglect and fraud in several states for gravely injuring women and was charged with the murder of 10 second- and third-trimester babies in Maryland.
WND reported in another Red Rose case last summer that the activists caused at least 11 women to skip their abortion appointments.
But the judge in the case refused to award the business any damages.
The American Freedom Law Center defended the activists in that case, in West Bloomfield, Michigan.
There also was a team that delivered roses in nearby Sterling Heights, Michigan.