Anti-abortion activist fined for trespassing

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — A state judge has convicted an anti-abortion activist of disorderly conduct and trespassing charges for an altercation on a sidewalk adjacent to a Jackson high school in March.

The Clarion-Ledger reports that Hinds County Justice Court Judge Ivory Britton fined Kristina Garza $5,000 and gave her a suspended six-month jail sentence after finding her guilty of the charges Friday.

Britton also issued an arrest warrant for another activist, Brianna Baxter, who failed to appear in court to face the same charges.

Lawyers for Garza and Baxter said their clients were passing out anti-abortion literature on a sidewalk between Murrah High School and a curb where buses picked up students.

The women allegedly ignored orders by campus enforcement officers to move to the other side of the street.