The following comes from an October 13 Life Legal Defense Foundation news release:
A year and a half ago, a professor at the University of California at Santa Barbara assaulted young pro-life activists engaged in protected First Amendment activities on campus.
Mireille Miller-Young, a feminist studies professor specializing in pornography, led a mob of pro-abort students against the pro-lifers, stole and destroyed their sign, and later physically battered one of the pro-life girls.
Fortunately, two of the pro-lifers caught most of the criminal behavior on video. These quick-thinking young women, Joan and Thrin Short, are the daughters of our Vice-President of Legal Affairs, Katie Short, and therefore not likely to let the abortion culture get away with anything.
Prof. Miller-Young was convicted of grand theft, vandalism, and battery and sentenced, in August 2014, to 108 hours of community service, ten hours of anger management, and three years of probation. In addition, she was required to pay a small amount in fines and restitution.
Shortly thereafter, LLDF filed suit on behalf of Joan and Thrin, as well as the other pro-life activists who were also victimized by Miller-Young.
Good news! The defendants (Miller-Young, the University of California, and some students who acted as the professor’s accomplices) decided to settle. Although the pro-life plaintiffs are bound by a confidentiality agreement, they can report that they are very satisfied with the agreement reached.
Katie Short said, “During discovery, we learned that the University never disciplined Prof. Miller-Young for her misconduct. But the nonchalance went deeper than that. Neither the University nor the faculty even initiated an investigation that could have resulted in discipline. Criminal acts, including those deliberately targeting the free exchange of ideas, are not a matter of serious concern for U.C. Santa Barbara.”