I was surprised to read in yesterdays spectator that charges against the radical anti-abortion extremist James Charles Kopp had been dropped. I wondered at the time if it had to do with the fact that he is currently serving a life sentence in the States. Today’s article would seem to indicate that that is the case.
The announcement said Kopp remains a “person of interest” and the “investigations remain open.” That technically leaves the door open to future work on the cases, although Kopp — the only person ever identified as a suspect — is locked away for good, and U.S. officials say he will never be released.
Task force spokesperson Sergeant John Burchill with Winnipeg police said that with the announcement, the task force no longer exists other than in name, but would receive any new information.
He said the main reason for the timing of dropping the charges is that all of Kopp’s appeals in the U.S. have been exhausted.
Dr. Hugh Short had his elbow blown apart by Kopp in 1995 because he chose to help women with a fully legal and necessary medical procedure.
He never practised medicine again, and never said a word about it publicly for nearly 14 years. But yesterday Short spoke to The Spectator, his voice clear and crisp on the phone.
“I’m doing all right,” he said.
While it is unfortunate that Kopp will not have these crimes officially added to his record, it would only be seen as further cause for celeb to his fellow extremists and serve no purpose sentence wise as he is already serving actual life.