Common Sense In The Courtroom

In the past three and a half years, Americans have watched the justice system turned against Americans who were politically opposed to the ideas of the current administration. We saw S.W.A.T. teams deployed where people had agreed to show up in court or on people who were no threat to anyone. We saw January 6th protesters denied their Constitutional rights and given sentences disproportionate to their ‘crimes.’ Where was the outrage from Congress? However, it seems that occasionally there is a judge with common sense.

On Tuesday, The Daily Wire reported the following:

Paul Vaughn, a pro-life father of 11, escaped prison time on Tuesday after he was sentenced in Nashville over his participation in a peaceful protest at a Tennessee abortion facility March 2021.

The Biden administration had asked for one year of prison time, but U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger decided to impose no prison time or fine, sentencing Vaughn to three years of supervised release. Vaughn was convicted of violating the FACE Act and in participating in a conspiracy against rights.

The Biden Justice Department brought charges against Vaughn and 10 other pro-lifers present at a sit-in at the Carafem Health Center Clinic in Mt. Juliet.

Why did the FBI use lethal force on a man who was peacefully protesting at an abortion clinic?

Vaughn also talked about how his children still had nightmares from when the FBI came “with lethal force,” to his home to arrest him. He asked how such a show of force was necessary over non-violent charges. He added that he would have been “more than willing” and “would have come down at any time,” to talk to federal officials about the charges.

Unfortunately Paul Vaughn will still pay a price for his conviction:

Vaughn still faces severe penalties for his convictions. As a felon, he can no longer vote or own a firearm. Trauger also imposed restrictions on travel and where he can go. He also cannot enter or be within 100 feet of an abortion facility or participate in any planning for any future sit-in. She also placed him on home detention, but allowed him to go to work and church and for other approved reasons.

This case is an example of one of many reasons we need to clean out the swamp that is our current government.