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FEDERAL JUDGE UPHOLDS CHARGES AGAINST KOPP

A magistrate judge has recommended against the dismissal of federal charges against James C. Kopp, the admitted assassin of Dr. Barnett A. Slepian, an Amherst obstetrician who was killed because he provided abortions.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Hugh B. Scott said Friday he found no legal basis for dismissing the federal charges that were filed against Kopp after the October 1998 slaying.

Kopp, 50, is charged with breaking a federal law guaranteeing access to abortion services. He already has been convicted of state murder charges and is serving a state prison term of 25 years to life.

Scott's ruling is subject to the approval of District Judge Richard J. Arcara, Kopp's trial judge. No date has been set for the federal trial.

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