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Huffington Post: Phillip 'Flip' Benham Found Guilty Of Stalking Abortion Doctor In North Carolina

July 2, 2011- CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A jury found a North Carolina preacher guilty of stalking a Charlotte abortion doctor after passing out hundreds of "wanted" posters with the physician's name and photo on it.

Jurors deliberated about 90 minutes Friday before finding Rev. Phillip "Flip" Benham, director of Concord-based Operation Save America, guilty of misdemeanor stalking, The Charlotte Observer reported.

Benham, 62, was sentenced to 18 months of probation and ordered to stop any intimidating behaviors.

"I can't speak. I can't get within 500 feet," Benham said outside court, holding his Bible. "They've stolen from innocent babies a voice that has spoken for them."

Prosecutors said Benham distributed photos with the names and photos of several Charlotte doctors who perform abortions and the words "Wanted ... By Christ, to Stop Killing Babies."

Benham knew that doctors in other places had been killed after similar posters were made, Assistant District Attorney Kristen Northrup said.

"What would a reasonable person think if they saw `Wanted' on a poster with their picture on it?" Northrup said.



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