It only took 37 minutes for the jury to convict Scott Roeder of the first-degree murder of Dr. George R. Tiller. A pretty fast and decisive decision in Kansas, a state with a loud and active group of insane anti-abortionists who will go to extreme lengths to prevent killing unborn fetuses - even murder.
Abortion rights supporters lauded the ruling, saying it sends a strong, unambiguous message to others who believe violence against abortion doctors is justified that such acts will be punished. Abortion opponents, meanwhile, said that Mr. Roeder — who admitted to the killing in open court but said that was the only way he could stop the deaths of babies — had not received a fair trial, and that the outcome would only encourage more violence.
No doubt Roeder feels he was just following orders - from God.