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Man denied public defender in clinic plot

Ralph W. Lang

Ralph W. Lang

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Marshfield man accused of plotting an attack on abortion providers in Madison will not qualify for a public defender.

Ralph W. Lang faces state and federal charges after he told investigators he planned to kill abortion providers at Planned Parenthood last month.

The 63-year-old is charged in state court with attempted first-degree intentional homicide. At a preliminary hearing Tuesday, a judge ruled that Lang has too much income to qualify for a public defender.

Lang can still apply for a court-appointed attorney, an option that would likely give him access to legal counsel at a reduced rate.

Lang’s alleged plan was thwarted when his gun fired a bullet through his motel-room door. No one was hurt, but when Lang was arrested for reckless endangerment he allegedly acknowledged planning the clinic attack.

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