WASHINGTON, November 9, 2011 ( – A well-backed Democrat candidate who ran for a position on the board of a top beltway-area school system has been found guilty of assault for ramming a pro-lifer with her car during this year’s national March for Life on January 24, LifeSiteNews has learned.

Charisse Espy Glassman, the niece of former U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy, withdrew her candidacy for the Fairfax County Public School board after the charges were revealed by the Washington Post this summer.


Glassman was convicted of one charge of simple assault, and found not guilty of a second charge of possession of a prohibited weapon.

According to court records, Glassman was driving out of an alley near the Supreme Court building on the day of the March for Life when a woman stepped in front of the car, yelling at her to stop because of the crowd.  Glassman allegedly laughed and kept moving forward until she hit the woman.

Glassman’s attorney appealed the ruling on Oct 26.

The plaintiff in the case told this month that she suffered two herniated disks from the impact, and was compelled to file the suit for medical compensation after Glassman didn’t return calls from her insurance company. Her attorney declined to discuss the case because it is still active.