June 4, 2009

Your Turn: Scott Roeder, Closed Circuit

Scott Roeder, charged with killing 67-year-old George Tiller, a Kansas doctor reviled by anti-abortion groups for his work providing "late-term" abortions, appears via video in Sedgwick County District Court in Wichita, Kansas, June 2, 2009.  Tiller was shot while serving as an usher for Sunday services in the foyer at Reformation Lutheran Church.   REUTERS/KSN TV  (UNITED STATES CRIME LAW) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS

I’m interested in your reaction to this image, a still taken during a court appearance to establish murder charges conducted via closed-circuit from jail.

I thought about the wood paneling compared to those white, block walls; running electricity; how the “cool” medium of television doesn’t mute my anger. The caption reads:

Scott Roeder, 51, was ordered held without bail at his Wichita, Kan., hearing Tuesday. He is charged with murder and aggravated assault for allegedly killing abortion provider George Tiller, 67, with a single gunshot as the doctor handed out programs Sunday at church. If convicted, Mr. Roeder would face a mandatory life sentence and would not be eligible for parole for at least 25 years.

(image: KSN TV/Reuters)

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