Friday, February 13, 2009

Plot To Kill Obama.

Daniel Cowart, 20 years old from of Bells,TN and 18-year-old Paul Schlesselman, 18 years old of Helena-West Helena, Ark. have been accused of planning to kill the President. They are being held without bail.

MEMPHIS, TN (AP) - A federal judge in Memphis says the two men charged with plotting to kill President Barack Obama can have limited access to court records on the selection of the grand jury that indicted them.

The men - 20-year-old Daniel Cowart of Bells and 18-year-old Paul Schlesselman of Helena-West Helena, Ark. - contend the grand jury had too few white members and failed to represent a cross-section of the judicial district.

Federal prosecutors in West Tennessee say two men charged with threatening President-elect Barack Obama are wasting time with claims they were improperly indicted. The two contend they were indicted by a federal grand jury with too few white people on it and that the charges should be dropped. In a filing on 5 Jan 2009, prosecutors said the men have no legal grounds for their claim and that holding a hearing on their arguments would be a waste of time.

Judge J. Daniel Breen says defense lawyers can review the court's population data and the master list of citizens from which the jury was selected. He says the defense can question procedures for selecting jurors but can't challenge the resulting racial makeup of the actual jury.

Cowart and Schlesselman are charged with conspiring to launch a crime spree against Black victims, including an attack on Obama. They're being held without bond.

1 comment:

ichbinalj said...

March 3, 2009. Federal Prosecutors argue that evidence is strong in the case of two white supremacists ln the plot to kill President Obama.
Federal prosecutors say the two white supremacists accused of plotting to kill President Barack Obama and dozens of other Black people were armed and dangerous when West Tennessee authorities arrested them, and that sheriff's deputies had a reliable tip the pair was planning violent crimes. The statements are intended to counter defense claims that there was little evidence to support the arrest of the two men. A court hearing is set next week on a defense petition to suppress government evidence.