Kresta in the Afternoon – January 13, 2010 – Hour 2

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    First Topic – Abortion and the Justification Defense

    A Judge could create a legal justification for politically tinged violence if he allows a man who admits shooting dead a leading abortion doctor to argue for conviction on a lesser charge than murder, prosecutors said. Scott Roeder, 51, is charged with first-degree murder in the May 31 shooting death of George Tiller, one of a handful of doctors in the US to perform abortions into the third trimester of pregnancies. The trial began today. We look at abortion and the justification defense with long-time pro-life advocate Monica Miller.

    Second Topic – Miep Gies – Protector of Anne Frank – Dies at Age 100

    Miep Gies, the office secretary who defied the Nazi occupiers to hide Anne Frank and her family for two years and saved the teenager's diary, has died. She was 100. Gies was the last of the few non-Jews who supplied food, books and good cheer to the secret annex behind the canal warehouse where Anne, her parents, sister and four other Jews hid for 25 months during World War II. After the apartment was raided by the German police, Gies gathered up Anne's scattered notebooks and papers and locked them in a drawer for her return after the war. The diary, which Anne Frank was given on her 13th birthday, chronicles her life in hiding from June 12, 1942 until August 1, 1944. We talk to Jack Polak, director emeritus of the Anne Frank Center, who knew Miep personally.

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