The following is a Catholic Action League of Massachusetts press release…
There has been a resolution in the assault and battery case against Hartman Deetz, the violent, 44 year old, left wing militant who, in an unprovoked attack, viciously slammed to the pavement 76 year old Judy Morse in front of Planned Parenthood in Boston last April.
Morse, a longtime sidewalk counselor who was handing out pro-life literature when she was punched and knocked down by Deetz, suffered a concussion, was hospitalized, and needed months of recovery.
In Brighton District Court on March 12th, the judge continued the case without a finding for 18 months, during which time Deetz will be on probation, and will be required to pay $990 in fees to the Commonwealth. Whether the probation will be supervised or unsupervised, has yet to determined. He was also warned to stay away from his victim.
Despite his attempt to impede the exercise of a constitutionally protected right, Deetz, who had a prior record for assault and battery on a police officer, was never charged with constitutional rights violations or with a hate crime.
The Catholic Action League called the disposition “an affront to justice” and “grossly disproportionate to the gravity of the offence, the savagery of the deed, the suffering of the victim and the threat to civil liberty and religious freedom.”
Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: “This was an incident of vicious thuggery, targeting an innocent, law abiding, elderly woman, who was peacefully and quietly exercising her constitutional rights, while trying to offer compassionate alternatives to abortion.”
“The double standard here is appalling. If a pro-life activist had committed a brutal act of violence against an elderly female, the assailant would be charged with a hate crime, and possibly federal civil rights violations, and the story would become national network news.”
With the exception of one article in the Boston Herald, this crime was ignored by the Boston media, while the perpetrator will receive only a token punishment, through which he will, in all probability, elude an ultimate finding of guilt. The assault against Judy Morse tells us all we need to know about the inadequacy of the Massachusetts criminal justice system and about the callous hypocrisy of Boston’s media elite.”