Life Legal Defense Foundation Says UCSB Faculty Member's Plea is "One Step Closer" to Justice
Contact: Tom Ciesielka, 312-422-1333, [email protected]
SANTA BARBARA, Calif., July 24, 2014 /Christian Newswire
/ -- Today, Mireille Miller-Young, an associate professor of feminist studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara, entered a plea of nolo contendere (no contest) to the criminal charges resulting from her assault on a group of pro-life students in early March. The incident took place on the Santa Barbara campus, where Miller-Young attacked and forcibly took property from teenagers who were exercising their free speech rights in the public square to educate about abortion and promote its alternatives.
The young people victimized by Miller-Young included Thrin and Joan Short, daughters of Life Legal Defense Foundation Legal Director, Katie Short. While calling the police at the time of the attack, the sisters captured the altercation on video
, which shows Miller-Young shoving and grabbing 16-year old Thrin, who bore visible scratches on both arms following the assault. Despite Thrin's wounds, the Short family has called for restraint in speaking about Miller-Young.
The footage also captured Miller-Young parading through campus with the stolen sign, leading students in the theft and destruction of it. When interviewed by the police after the incident, Miller-Young said she believed that her theft and destruction of the sign had "set a good example for her students."
"Today's plea brings us one step closer to seeing justice done in this case," commented Attorney Short, mother of Miller-Young's victims. "Pro-life advocates should not be subjected to intimidation and violence for lawfully exercising their right to free speech, and we are happy to see that Ms. Miller-Young is being held accountable for her actions."
The charges against Miller-Young included grand theft, vandalism, and battery. Her plea means that she will be convicted on all three misdemeanor charges. A sentencing hearing has been set for late August.
To date, the university has made no public statement about the assault nor issued an apology for the criminal actions of its employee and students. Two weeks after the incident, Vice-Chancellor Michael Young sent a letter to University of California at Santa Barbara students and faculty decrying the presence of "outsiders coming into our midst to provoke us, to taunt us and attempt to turn us against one another." In what appeared to be a denouncement of the teens advocating a pro-life worldview, he urged students to notify the Office of Student Life if they "feel harassed" or believe that "outsiders" are violating the law. It is not known whether the university has imposed any disciplinary sanctions on Miller-Young, who remains listed in the faculty directory.
Watch the video of Miller-Young's March 4, 2014, theft, vandalism and assault on the pro-life students: www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLemX9QtUa4
Read the Life Legal Defense Foundation original release on the story:National Pro Life Lawyer: Defending Daughters and Doing What's RightAbout Life Legal Defense Foundation
Life Legal Defense Foundation was established in 1989, and is a nonprofit organization composed of attorneys and other concerned citizens committed to giving helpless and innocent human beings of any age, and their advocates, a trained and committed voice in the courtrooms of our nation. For more information about the Life Legal Defense Foundation, visit www.lldf.org.