Friday, October 21st, 2016

Alleged abortion center arsonist identified


A Grand Chute man named Francis Grady is accused of attempting to set fire to a Planned Parenthood location on Sunday. He made his first court appearance today. Reading the Press Gazette’s description of the court appearance today, it doesn’t sound like Grady is all there. I wonder if he was even capable of making the decision to start the fire.

Grady told his lawyer, public defender Tom Phillip he was fired for interrupting Sickel, prompting a woman from the back of the courtroom to call out, “Shut up, Frankie.”

“My sister told me to shut up,” Grady said to Phillip.

Phillip later explained Grady couldn’t fire him, that he was appointed by the court and therefore could only be removed from the case by court order.

Wearing an orange Outagamie County Jail jumpsuit and a neck brace, Grady asked Sickel to transfer him to the Brown County Jail because he said Outagamie County doesn’t have the medical staff to deal with what he claimed was a broken neck.

“If I move my neck a certain way, I could die, but who cares?” he said. But earlier in the hearing, he had taken off the neck brace and was playing with it as he looked around the courtroom.

Outside the courtroom, Grady told a Green Bay Press-Gazette photographer, “I just want to give one wink to my girlfriend.” When a reporter asked him why he had planted a bomb at the clinic, Grady corrected him, saying, “There was no bomb, it was gasoline.” He said he did it because “they’re killing babies there.”

I’m not familiar with potential Planned Parenthood arsonists obviously, but this does not strike me as a stereotypical “pro-life extremist” bomber:

Grady’s criminal history includes convictions for cocaine possession and delivery, resisting or obstructing police, bail jumping and disorderly conduct, court records show.

I don’t usually associate coke dealers with pro-life extremism. The one activity is antithetical to the other.

Fortunately nobody was hurt in the fire and, if this is the right person, I hope he’s put away where he can’t hurt anyone – or himself.

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