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Wichita anti-abortion protester acquitted of battering guard


WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Jurors have acquitted a Wichita anti-abortion protester of battering a clinic guard in a dispute over a sign.

The Wichita Eagle ( ) reports that jurors returned the verdict Tuesday after 74-year-old David Schmidt appealed his municipal court conviction to Sedgwick County District Court.

Schmidt credited his lawyers with getting him "out from under a pile of manure." One of his attorneys works for the Thomas More Society, a national nonprofit law firm that litigates abortion and religious-liberty cases.

The charge against Schmidt stemmed from a Jul...

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