A Sacramento federal judge last week refused to hold a man in jail who has admitted directing murderous threats at the founder and employees of a Placerville biotech firm mentioned in a viral YouTube video as a recipient of fetal tissue from Planned Parenthood.
Catherine “Cate” Dyer says she and employees of her company, StemExpress LLC, are terrified that Scott Anthony Orton or someone else will make good on the threats.
Orton, 57, a resident of Puyallup, Wash., has admitted to the FBI that he let loose with a torrent of inflammatory invective in a series of Internet messages aimed at Dyer and her employees. He offered a reward to anyone who would kill Dyer and further said he would do it himself.
The messages were posted on the Fox Nation website two days after the July 14 release of a video recorded surreptitiously and released on the Internet by anti-abortion activists at the Center for Medical Progress, showing an unsuspecting Planned Parenthood doctor explaining how at least one Northern California Planned Parenthood clinic provides fetal tissue to Dyer’s company.