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Fed Court Seldom Gets Out of Hand: Monday Was an Exception in Detroit

detroit mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Things seldom get out of hand in federal court. Sometimes a defense attorney or prosecutor asks a witness an objectionable question that stirs a round of passionate arguments. Sometimes a judge loudly scolds. or even screams at an attorney.

But Monday,  the Detroit News  reported that jurors in the Highwaymen Motorcycle Club racketeering trial in downtown Detroit  “got a shock this morning when a woman in the audience stood up and accused a government witness of murdering her son.”

The woman pointed to the witnesses on the stand, Daniel Sanchez, a former vice-president of the Detroit Highwaymen Motorcycle Gang, and shouted “He murdered my son,” according to the News.

The woman was referring to an unsolved 1999 killing, the News reported.

U.S. District Judge Nancy G. Edmunds excused jurors and the woman explained that she had heard from a defendant in the case, who is not on trial, that the man she says murdered her son was to be testifying.

The jury was subsequently called back in the courtroom and told to ignore the outburst, the News reported. It was unclear what if anything was done to the woman.

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Pakistani Neuroscientist Accused of Opening Fire on American Soldiers and FBI Agents is Booted From NY Trial After Outburst

judge and gavelBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Could this be a preview of what’s to come when Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other 9/11 terror suspects go on trial in New York?

Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist accused of opening fire on American soldiers and F.B.I. agents while being detained in Afghanistan in July 2008, didn’t last very long on Tuesday at onset of her trial in U.S. District Court in New York, the New York Times reports.

The Times reports that she was escorted out of court after an outburst in which she yelled: “I was never planning to bomb it. You’re lying!”

During her 2008 confrontation in Afghanistan, she did not hit anyone, but someone fired back and wounded her. She has since recovered.

To read full story click here.

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