BUFFALO, September 4, 2002 ( – James Kopp, the only suspect in the 1998 sniper slaying of abortionist Barnett Slepian, stood in police line-ups wearing false whiskers and make-up last week. Reports suggest that at least one witness identified Kopp, while another could not.  Kopp’s lead attorney, Paul J. Cambria Jr., said: “His picture has been in the media so many times, any person in Western New York should be able to identify James Kopp… It’s like asking me to identify a picture of George Washington. … The prosecutors are being allowed to alter [their preferred suspect’s] appearance to make him look like the man seen by witnesses,” Cambria said.  Cambria say Kopp may never provide an alibi for his whereabouts on the night of the shooting, for strategic reasons. “When you present an alibi,” says the lawyer, “the jury tends to focus so much on the alibi that it overshadows the more important question of whether the prosecution has proved its case.”  For his part, Kopp said in his letter from France, portions of which appeared in the Buffalo News this week, that: “Preparing a defense means becoming familiar with the bizarre twists against me… For example, you would think that a hair or carpet fiber appearing in a forest is laughable enough and … hardly worth refuting, especially as both appear in connection with the stealing of my car from an airport parking lot …”  Since June, pro-abortionists have spread the rumour among themselves and sympathetic lawyers that Cambria has received $1 million to defend Kopp, something Cambria denies. But there are also rumours about the motives of prosecutors and investigators, who have leaked information about the case to media.  To read newswire coverage printed the Toronto Star see:   To read original Buffalo News coverage see:   and


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