Pastor jailed for Oakland anti-abortion Acts

A pastor at a Berkeley church was jailed Friday for 30 days after unsuccessfully arguing than an order requiring him to stay 100 yards away from an Oakland abortion clinic violates his right to free speech.

Walter Hoye, 52, of Union City was the first person convicted under an Oakland ordinance barring protestors from coming within 8 feet of anyone entering an abortion clinic.

In February, Judge Stuart Hing of Alameda County Superior Court sentenced Hoye to three years’ probation and 30 days in jail, and ordered him to pay $1,000…

It almost brings tears to my eyes that something good is coming out of Berkeley!

P.S. I took this news citation from Jill Staneck’s website:

How is this good news? :confused:

Good news in that someone is putting his conviction where his mouth is and is bearing witness to the living Christ by voluntarily suffering persecution for the Truth.And in the armpit of secular idolatry-Berkely.Get it now?

This is a few days old, but it gives some more information

The wife of the Rev. Walter Hoye, who was jailed for getting too close to patients entering an abortion clinic while protesting, planned to hold a candlelight vigil in front of Santa Rita Jail in Dublin on Sunday evening.

The Berkeley pastor was the first person convicted of violating an Oakland law created to stop anti-abortion protestors from harassing patients visiting clinics. He entered Santa Rita on Friday, and will serve a month. Hoye’s wife planned to hold the vigil with a group of Oakland pastors around 6:30 p.m.

He was arrested last May after approaching two women and their escorts who were trying to enter a clinic in Jack London Square. The law requires protesters to stay at least 8 feet away.

After Hoye was sentenced to three years probation and given the option of volunteering or using the jail’s work-release program instead of jail time, the reverend told a judge he wanted to do “straight time.”

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