BUFFALO, October 31, 2002 ( – James C. Kopp, the accused abortionist-shooter, has a new defense lawyer.  Bruce A. Barket, 43, a Long Island attorney who is vocally pro-life, replaces Paul J. Cambria Jr., who was refusing to include pro-life arguments in next year’s trial.  The change heralds a new strategy that may see Kopp himself taking the stand. “I can’t rule that out,” said Barket, “That hasn’t been decided yet.” Barket is on record saying, “I’m absolutely pro-life. Abortion is an abomination and a scourge on the nation.”  The Buffalo News, one of few papers to cover the pending trial in any detail, editorialized this week that if the trial becomes “a platform for the pro-life extremists rather than the plain vanilla murder case that it is,” the result would be “an East Coast version of the O.J. Simpson circus.”  Barket, however, emphasized: “Saying this case is not about abortion is like ignoring a large pink elephant in the room. … Abortion is about the taking of innocent life,” he added. “What happened to Dr. Slepian and his family was tragic, to say the least. A horrific event.” But Kopp, he maintains, did not pull the trigger. Erie County Judge Michael L. D’Amico set a tentative trial date of Feb. 3.  For previous LifeSite coverage see:  KOPP LAWYERS REPEAT BIAS CLAIM AFTER POLICE LINE-UP KOPP FRIENDS IN PLEA BARGAIN   To follow ongoing Buffalo News coverage see:


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