draws near in Michael's case
judgment in a civil case involving
and the Michael family is drawing near, Angela Michael
said Monday from her home in
Angela Michael said she was
informed by family attorney Jason Craddock, of
, that the judgment could be handed down by Labor Day.
Angela and Daniel Michael
filed the suit in the U.S. District Court for Southern
Illinois in East St. Louis in January 2006, six weeks
after their daughter, Mia Michael, was knocked to the
ground and into a light post by a woman who was in her
20s during the city's annual Christmas parade, Angela
Michael said.At the time of the incident, Mia Michael
Angela Michael said her
daughter wasn't seriously injured, but she was stunned
and sustained a bump to the head.
"She (the woman who
allegedly knocked Mia Michael to the ground) didn't
like the abortion signs we were displaying,"
Angela Michael said.
In the suit, Angela and Mia
and Daniel Michael vs.
, the Michaels are seeking more than $100,000 in
damages against the Granite City Police Department for
lack of protection during the parade.
"Now they give us a
little corner with two police officers," Angela
Michael said. "If they would have done that
before, nobody would have been hurt or
Mayor Ed Hagnauer said he
would not comment until the judgment, if any, is
The civil case is one of two
cases that the Michaels took
to court over.
When the city passed an
ordinance in 2006 that prohibited abortion signs from
being no larger than 8-by-11 inches, the Michaels
challenged the ordinance in federal district court,
where a ruling was handed down later in the year that
the ordinance was unconstitutional because it violated
First Amendment freedom of speech. The city never
enforced that ordinance.
The Michaels, who are
anti-abortion, challenged the ordinance because they
often display large signs showing late-term abortions
at the Hope Clinic for Women in
and at city parades.
The Michaels are the founders
of Little Victories, a home-based family ministry
aimed at helping women find alternatives to abortions.
Since the Michaels first took
their anti-abortion beliefs in 2000 to the sidewalks
near the Hope Clinic, where abortions are performed,
26 babies have been saved and adopted, Angela Michael
One was Hannah Noelle
Michael, who was adopted by the Michaels in 2008.
Angela Michael said that in
October 2007 she persuaded a young woman from having
an abortion at the Hope Clinic.
Angela and Daniel Michael
didn't know at that time that the woman's child would
become their 12th child.
"She's a blessing,"
Angela Michaels said. "Everyday I look at her
face, knowing what would have happened to her if I
wouldn't have been at the clinic that day. Our
ministry prospers by telling young women that they
have other alternatives other than an abortion. We
don't try to persuade them by screaming and yelling at
them like some religious zealots do at the
Angela Michael added that
Small Victories will likely voice their anti-abortion
stance by displaying large late-term abortion signs at
the city's annual Labor Day parade.
"As long as they give us
our little corner with two police officers, that's
fine with me," she said.