Federal judge won’t let Prophetstown anti-abortion activist plead no contest

Two-day trial on Buyno’s attempted arson charge set for Oct. 24 in Urbana

Philip J. Buyno

“... if the court were to accept a plea of nolo contendere in this case, it would signal to the public that Defendant’s crime was somehow less serious and less deserving of prosecution, thereby reducing the general deterrent effect of a conviction.”

—   U.S. Central District Court Judge Colin Stirling Bruce
Kathleen Schultz

Kathleen A. Schultz

Kathleen Schultz is a Sterling native with 40 years of reporting and editing experience in Arizona, California, Montana and Illinois.