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Marshfield Man Charged with FACE Act Violations

May 26, 2011

Madison, Wis. - John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Ralph Lang, 63, Marshfield, Wis., was charged today in a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Madison with attempting to injure, intimidate, and interfere with other persons because those persons were providing reproductive health services.

As alleged in the complaint, Lang traveled from Marshfield to Madison on May 25. While loading his handgun, he discharged a bullet through the door of his hotel room into the room across the hall. Madison Police responded and Lang was arrested for reckless endangerment. In statements to police, he admitted that he had traveled to Madison to kill individuals performing abortions. Lang will have his initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Madison on Friday, May 27.

United States Attorney John W. Vaudreuil stated that today's charge is a result of an investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Madison Police Department. The prosecution of this case is being handled by United States Attorney John W. Vaudreuil and Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Altman, in conjunction with the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division.


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