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Woman Acquitted in Assault against Editor

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Woman Acquitted in Assault against Editor

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Woman acquitted in assault against editor

After deliberating less than an hour, a Sacramento Superior Court jury on June 26 acquitted a woman of assault and battery charges for striking Sacramento (Calif.) Union editor Joseph Farah at an abortion clinic.

The jury found that Alison Gude was acting in self-defense when she struck Farah outside the Pregnancy Consultation Center last August. Her attorney argued that Farah had grabbed Gude's arm, prompting her reprisal. A videotape viewed by jurors showed Gude punching Farah. Defense attorney Diana Bullock countered that "You never see Joe Farah's right hand," contending that Farah was holding Gude's arm and her blows were to protect herself.

"This is a case that never should have gone to trial," Gude told the Sacramento Bee outside the courtroom. "I maintained my innocence from the beginning, and I'm glad the jury saw it as well."

During the seven-day trial, the prosecutor, Kathy Kolman, termed Gude "a bomb waiting to go off. …

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