Sedgwick County District Judge Warren Wilbert was correct in ruling Tuesday that alleged killer Scott Roeder will be tried in Wichita and won’t be allowed to argue a “necessity defense” in the case of the slaying of abortion doctor George Tiller. If impartial juries could be assembled in Sedgwick County to handle other high-profile cases, including the one that ended last spring with Tiller’s acquittal of misdemeanor charges, an impartial jury can be seated here for Roeder. And the defendant’s anti-abortion views can be aired without letting Roeder plow new legal ground arguing that Tiller’s occupation, which was lawful, somehow justified his murder.
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