The man who killed Wichita abortion doctor George Tiller has filed a petition complaining that his rights have been violated and asking to be released from custody.
Scott Roeder, 52, of Kansas City, criticized the judge, the jail, prosecutors and his lawyers in a habeas corpus petition that he filed in Sedgwick County, Kan. A hearing is scheduled for June 4. Such a petition requires a judge to determine whether a person has been imprisoned lawfully and whether he should be freed.
Roeder was convicted of first-degree murder in January and sentenced April 1 to life in prison with no chance of parole for 50 years. That case is under appeal.
In the 24-page petition — seven of the pages handwritten — Roeder said that the judge’s imposition of a $20 million bond "along with a suggestion that I might enact 'more' violence if I make bond demonstrates heightened disregard for the presumption of my innocence." He also said that after his arrest, the judge "made a public spectacle of me, forcing me to appear on television without the assistance of counsel or court clothes . . . "
Roeder complained that the names and addresses of his visitors and correspondents had been made public by the jail "and that some of these have been subjected to questioning by the police power as a consequence."
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