Judge Denies Bond for Man Accused of Plotting Abortion Bombings
by Steven Ertelt
November 18, 2003
West Palm Beach, FL (LifeNews.com) — A federal judge on Monday denied bail for a Florida man accused of purchasing the ingredients necessary to make a bomb intended for an abortion abortion facility.
Prosecutors sufficiently showed that Stephen John Jordi was dangerous and had a definite intent to bomb abortion facilities, so U.S. Magistrate Judge Ann E. Vitunac disallowed Jordi to post bond.
Jordi’s attorney, assistant federal public defender Marc Seitles, said he had no plans to carry out any attacks. Seitles said Jordi repeatedly told the informant, "I don’t want to do anything illegal."
The FBI said Stephen John Jordi came "perilously close to carrying out his plans" and was in the final stages of plotting attacks on both Miami-area abortion facilities and others across the country.
Jordi was not affiliated with any pro-life organization and also allegedly planned to bomb churches that disagreed with his views and gay nightclubs. FBI officials also say he considered assassinating President George W. Bush, who is pro-life.
Some have suggested that Jordi is not motivated by views against abortion, but is affiliated with the same religious cultic movement that appealed to Eric Wagner, who allegedly bombed an abortion facility, a gay nightclub and the Olympic Games.
Jordi’s pastor, and other area pastors, told him that pro-violence views were incompatible with the pro-life ethic. Jordi left his church as a result.
Jordi was arrested last week and charged with solicitation to commit a crime of violence, distribution of information relating to making and using explosives for arson, and possession of an unregistered firearm or destructive device.
FBI agents arranged a meeting on a boat with Jordi said a spokesman and Coast Guard agents arrested him half an hour later after he jumped overboard.
Jordi admired Paul Hill, who was arrested after killing an abortion practitioner and a bodyguard outside a Pensacola abortion facility. Jordi, a former security guard and Army Ranger, received a letter from Hill thanking him for his moral and financial support.
Jordi’s brother, Michael Jordi of Bridgeport, Alabama said he alerted federal officials of Jordi’s plan after he learned of it. The FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force had been investigating Jordi since August.
If convicted, Jordi will likely face three to four years in jail on the minor charges.