VANCOUVER, Jan 7 ( – The first set of charges against BC pro-life activist Mary Wagner, 25, were dismissed yesterday after the Crown prosecutor failed to provide sufficient documentation to the defence lawyer. This technical oversight prevented the Crown from proceeding further, prompting the courtroom to erupt into applause.

Wagner was charged with two counts of breaching a so-called “bubble zone” around abortuaries.  The other charge will be heard in Provincial Court Jan. 11. She has pleaded not guilty.

Wagner, who has been in jail since her Dec 3, 1999 arrest, was retained in custody until her next hearing since she cannot in good conscience promise to stop trying to offer last minute assistance to mothers as they enter the abortuary. She received a second round of applause as she was led away.