Pro-Life Pastor Walter Hoye Begins 30-Day Sentence

| by Jill Stanek

I previously reported that pastor Walter Hoye had been handed a 30-day sentence for violating a new Oakland, CA, law creating a free speech buffer zone around abortion mills. Well, the sentence has begun. Reported the San Francisco Chronicle on March 21:

A pastor at a Berkeley church was jailed Friday for 30 days after unsuccessfully arguing that an order requiring him to stay 100 yards away from an Oakland abortion clinic violates his right to free speech.

Walter Hoye, 52, of Union City
was the first person convicted under an Oakland ordinance barring
protesters from coming within 8 feet of anyone entering an abortion

In February, Judge Stuart Hing of Alameda County Superior Court
sentenced Hoye to three years' probation and 30 days in jail, and
ordered him to pay $1,000.

Hoye could have disposed of the jail time in a sheriff's work detail
or by volunteering. But he balked at the judge's order to stay 100
yards from Family Planning Specialists Medical Group at Second and
Webster streets. Hoye argued that the order was more severe than
Oakland's ordinance and stifled his First Amendment rights.

Hing refused to budge at a hearing Friday at which Hoye's attorneys
tried to stay the sentence pending an appeal. The judge asked Hoye to
decide whether he wished to serve a month in jail or in an alternative
program, and the pastor chose jail.

Supporters shouted, "We love you, Walter," and clapped as Hoye was led away by sheriff's deputies....

Hoye... was arrested May 13 at the Oakland clinic, carrying a sign that read, "Jesus loves you and your baby. Let us help you!"

As women approached the door, he asked them, "May I talk to you about alternatives to the clinic?"

I just received this email update from Pastor Hoye's wife, Lori:

I have visited Walter twice (Saturday and Sunday) and he is
in good spirits and physically safe and sound. The Lord has placed him
in what is known as the "Bible Corner" and at the time of my first
visit on Saturday (Walter arrived at around 4:30am) Walter had already
been in Bible study with some of the men in his unit. On Sunday just
prior to my visit Walter had led one man to Christ. God is truly
blessing Walter's presence in Santa Rita, and many men are seeking his
counsel about their lives and situations. Walter requested prayer for
wisdom while he is in Santa Rita and clarity from the Lord to continue
to do His will upon his release.

If you would like to write or visit Walter here is the information:

Walter B. Hoye II
Santa Rita Jail
5325 Broder Blvd.
Dublin, CA 94568-3309

Visitation Schedule - Housing Unit 34
Thursday 12:00p - 3:00p
Saturday 12:00p - 3:00p
Sunday 6:00p - 9:00p