No Manslaughter Defense in Abortion Doctor Murder Case

  I have previously argued that the trial judge presiding over the murder trial of Scott Roeder for killing abortion doctor George Tiller should not give the jury a manslaughter instruction.  Yesterday the trial judge reached the same conclusion, declining to give such an instruction.  The judge’s ruling will force the jury to essentially choose between the two options of guilty of murder or not guilty of anything.    I trust that the jury will do the only thing that evidence supports: return a guilty verdict.