Friday, February 20, 2009

Remember this story?

Feds disrupt alleged plot targeting Obama

Wonder what happened to these guys?

Man accused of plotting to kill Obama seeks dismissal
ASSOCIATED PRESS • February 14, 2009
MEMPHIS — Lawyers for one of two white supremacists accused of plotting to kill President Barack Obama asked a judge Friday to dismiss a threat charge against him, arguing the comments couldn't have been acted upon.

Paul Schlesselman, 18, of Helena-West Helena, Ark., and Daniel Cowart, 20, of Bells, Tenn., were charged in October with plotting a robbery and killing spree that would climax with a firearms attack on Obama.

Charges include conspiracy, fire arms violations and threatening a major presidential candidate.

Schlesselman's lawyers contend that any threatening statements he made came while under arrest and during questioning by law enforcement.

"In such an environment, it is impossible for a defendant to make a statement that qualifies as a true threat," the filing says.

The petition seeks dismissal of the single charge in Schlesselman's multi-count indictment accusing him of threatening Obama.

Other defense petitions filed Friday ask the court to dismiss evidence seized during searches of Schlesselman's father's residence in Arkansas and the home of Cowart's grandparents in Tennessee.

Schlesselman, who wants statements he made to investigators suppressed, contends he was wrongly arrested on a tip from an unreliable informant and that authorities failed to get search warrants before seizing his belongings.
I note that coverage of this case has yet to rise to the level of hysteria attached to the "Miami 6" or the "Ft. Dix 5".

Why is that?

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