Seattle, WA - Pretrial Hearings in Jewish Center Shooting Trial
Seattle, WA - Pretrial hearings are under way for the trial of Naveed Haq, the man accused of killing a woman and wounding five others at the Jewish Federation office in Seattle.
Defense lawyers argued that prosecutors should not be able to use any statements he made to police after asking for a lawyer. The judge will rule on that before April 14 when lawyers are scheduled to make opening statements.
Potential jurors will be questioned Wednesday for potential bias and their ability to serve.
The 32-year-old Tri-Cities man is accused of shooting up the office in July of 2006 to make a point about Jews and the Iraq war. He has pleaded innocent by reason of insanity to charges of murder, attempted murder and a hate crime. U/D: 23:19 The Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Don Raz agreed today that about two-thirds of the 55-minute interview is obtained in violation of Naveed Haq’s constitutional rights. On the tape Haq, can be heard requesting an attorney six times. The police violated state and federal law by not ceasing to question a suspect if the suspect requests counsel, Raz said. “We would agree that a violation ... occurs,” Raz was quoted as saying. [Seattle Times]
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