By Thaddeus M. Baklinski
OAKLAND, California, November 16, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The Appellate Division of the Alameda Superior Court has dismissed all criminal charges against Oakland pro-life witness Pastor Walter Hoye.
Hoye was arrested in May of 2008, charged, found guilty and imprisoned for peacefully counseling and picketing at a local abortion clinic.
He was charged under a 2008 City of Oakland bubble zone ordinance, which prohibits pro-life protesters outside abortion facilities from standing within 8 feet of women seeking abortions. His lawyers claimed the bubble zone ordinance was enacted for the sole purpose of keeping Hoye away from the Oakland abortuary and was an infringement on his constitutional right of free speech.
In January 2009, Hoye was found guilty of two counts of unlawfully approaching women entering an abortion facility, a misdemeanor enshrined in city law the previous spring. Click here to read the full story.
This is an interesting article concerning Pastor Walter Hoye in his legal battle after being arrested for peacefully counseling and picketing at a local abortion clinic in 2008.
The freedom of speech and religion in the United States of America is becoming a constitutional right that, we as Christians, can not always take for granted. God bless you Pastor Hoye for your steadfast conviction to the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ.