Court: Lansing prison officials properly punished Roeder for threat

Scott Roeder
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The Kansas Court of Appeals says Lansing Correctional Facility officials acted properly when they punished Scott Roeder for making a threat against a woman who reopened a Wichita abortion clinic.

Roeder is serving a life sentence for killing abortion provider George Tiller on May 31, 2009, while Tiller was serving as an usher at a Wichita church.

Roeder suggested during an interview in April 2013 with an anti-abortion activist that Julie Burkhart had a target on her back for reopening Tiller’s clinic.

The Wichita Eagle reports Roeder was given 45 days in solitary confinement, 60 days of restricted privileges and a $20 fine after the interview was aired on YouTube.

Prison records show prison officials have disciplined Roeder 22 times since 2011 for a variety of offenses.