By Martin Hill
April 29, 2013
A 65-year-old Wisconsin man who once testified before State Legislators that he received personal visions and messages from God is being prosecuted by the federal government and faces life in prison. Ralph W. Lang, who was arrested in 2011 for plotting to kill abortion doctors at Planned Parenthood, has been re-indicted by the federal government. He is currently in custody awaiting trial on both state and federal charges.
Maintaining that the elderly anti-abortion activist is fit to stand trial is dubious at best, with Lang himself requesting a plea of insanity, which was rejected. In recorded testimony before his State legislature in 2008 three years before his arrest, Lang asserted, among other things, that "Now I've heard the voice of God Himself. Just like Moses in the bible. Okay?" and "God has actually took my rib. Three times. Just like God took the rib from Adam and made Eve in the Bible, I can tell ya..." Before leaving the podium, Lang foreshadowed his actions, warning witless lawmakers that "Anybody who assists in abortions should be executed and killed... Any judge that's approved abortion in america should be executed and killed..." Lang told lawmakers that felt personally culpable for the "horrendous crime in America," adding "And I might be the one who's most responsible. Because i wish I would have done what God wanted me to do right away- I'll be honest to ya."
Ralph W. Lang mugshot by Madison WI Police Dept.
Lang, of Marshfield, Wisconsin, had reportedly travelled approximately 150 miles to Madison, WI, in a 2011 plot to kill doctors at Planned Parenthood who were performing abortions. Lang was arrested on May 25, 2011, after his .38-caliber handgun accidentally went off in a Madison motel room. He was initially charged with "2nd-Degree Reckless Endangering Safety" by Wisconsin prosecutors. The Madison WI Police Report, stamped at 9:51 PM the night of the arrest, noted that Lang, 63 at the time, was arrested at the Motel 6 located at 1754 Thierer Rd.
After Lang's gun accidently went off and shot through his motel room door into an adjacent room, he apologized to motel staff, offering to pay for damages. When police arrived, Lang allegedly told them he was going to use the gun to take out "to lay out abortionists because they are killing babies." "What was I going to do? Take a gun, drop the abortionist...stop them from killing other people and other babies," Lang allegedly told police.
In the aftermath of his arrest, Wisconsin Right to Life stated they "deplores the alleged actions" of the suspect and were "unequivocally opposed to the use of violence." Teri Huyck, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, stated "Our primary concern today and every day is the health and safety of our patients, staff and volunteers. ...We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the law enforcement agencies working with us to ensure Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin continues to be a safe and trusted healthcare provider for Wisconsin women and families."
On May 26, 2011, John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Lang "was charged today in a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Madison with attempting to injure, intimidate, and interfere with other persons because those persons were providing reproductive health services." The press release added that "Lang traveled from Marshfield to Madison on May 25. While loading his handgun, he discharged a bullet through the door of his hotel room into the room across the hall. Madison Police responded and Lang was arrested for reckless endangerment. In statements to police, he admitted that he had traveled to Madison to kill individuals performing abortions."
Lang was initially held on $200,000 bail and faced state charges of attempted first-degree intentional homicide in Dane County. In June 2011, Lang was denied access to a public defender based on income, and his attorney filed a motion for a mental competency exam.
At the time of the federal indictment, the U.S. Department of Justice stated, "The second count of the indictment charges Lang with using a firearm in relation to a crime of violence... If convicted, Lang faces a maximum penalty of life in prison on the first count in the indictment, and a mandatory 10 years in federal prison on the second count, to be served consecutively to any other sentence imposed. The charges against him are the result of an investigation by the Madison Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation. The prosecution of this case is being handled by United States Attorney John W. Vaudreuil, Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Altman, and Forrest Christian, Special Litigation Counsel of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division."
On March 29, 2013, the Associated Press reported that defense attorneys were tying to get the charged dismissed on a technicality- since Lang was charged "with attempting to injure people participating in a federally funded program," lawyers argued that the charge should be dismissed "because even though Planned Parenthood receives federal funds, that money can't be used to provide abortions." The government had until April 22nd to file a response.
In this LibertyFight.com exclusive, we have obtained the government's response to Lang's request for dismissal and also an exclusive copy of the fed's re-indictment of Lang on different charges, filed April 24th. The government's brief, filed the day of their April 22 deadline in the U.S. District Court For the Western District of Wisconsin, stated in part: (emphasis added)