Wisconsin Pro-Life Sidewalk Counselor Gets Legal Help

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 28, 2010   |   6:33PM   |   Milwaukee, WI

Today in Milwaukee municipal court, the Thomas More Society entered a not guilty plea on behalf of a pro-life sidewalk counselor.

James Marcou was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct as he stood and took video outside a local abortion business. He was charged in August after two abortion center escorts at the Affiliated Women’s Heath Center claimed he was acting disorderly and getting in their way outside the facility.

“James Marcou has been doing life-saving work for years in Milwaukee without incident, and the only crime here has been committed by those who would outlaw and penalize his peaceable saving of so many human lives,” said Tom Brejcha, president and chief counsel of the Chicago-based Thomas More Society.

He told LifeNews.com: “We will fight this case as far as we have to in order to get simple justice for those bearing peaceful pro-life witness in Milwaukee.”

According to Marcou, he was standing outside the Affiliated Women’s Health Center in Milwaukee in August and was making a video record of peaceable sidewalk counseling and pro-life presence on the public sidewalk. One of the escorts attempted to block his view, moving back and forth as Marcou stepped from one side to the other in an effort to get a clear view of what he was taping.

Marcou went to step around to the right of him and the escort suddenly lurched to the side, bumping Marcou into the brick wall of the building next to the sidewalk. Marcou threw back his head and brought up his arm to guard his body and the video camera from the man’s impact. A female clinic escort also yelled loudly at Marcou, accusing him of getting in “people’s faces.”

The police were called and interviewed the escorts inside the abortion center but did not ask any of the pro-lifers for their side of the story, according to Marcou.

“The citizens of Milwaukee deserve better from their police department and city prosecutors,” said Brejcha. “This case is premised on a brazen perversion of the truth and so far constitutes an outrageous affront to the very notion of justice.”

Marcou has pled not guilty and the case will be transferred to the circuit court from the municipal court.