LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Arizona man who has acknowledged selling bullets to the gunman in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history has asked to be tried by a judge on his federal ammunition-manufacturing charge.

The attorney for Douglas Haig argued that the connection to the massacre will have a “prejudicial effect” on Las Vegas jurors, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Tuesday.

“Unlike a judge, jurors may simply be unable to set aside their passion and prejudice to render a fair and impartial verdict in this case,” Haig’s attorney wrote in recent court filings.

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A federal magistrate judge in Nevada has recommended for the trial judge to deny Haig’s new request. “Though the trial will present challenges, the trial judge will ensure the Defendant an impartial trial,” U.S. Magistrate Judge Cam Ferenbach wrote in a report.

U.S. District Judge James Mahan has not yet issued a decision.

Haig has pleaded not guilty to illegally making tracer and armor-piercing bullets at his home in Mesa, Arizona. He is not charged in the October 2017 shooting that killed 59 people and injured more than 850.

Prosecutors have said his fingerprints were found on unfired reloaded bullets found inside the hotel room where the gunman fired down at the crowd.

Haig previously sought to move the trial to Arizona, citing similar concerns about an impartial jury. The court denied the request.

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His attorney also sought to prevent prosecutors from mentioning the Las Vegas shooting at trial. The court agreed to exclude some related evidence, but noted other procedural safeguards would reduce the possibility of prejudice.

The trial is scheduled to begin in August.

Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal

 


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(4) comments

Wearenotperfect

"Jurors may simply be unable to set aside their passion and prejudice to render a fair and impartial verdict in this case." He is absolutely 110% correct in not trusting a jury of his peers. Peers you say? A jury are not his equals. I bet he wouldn't know one person on that jury because the last time I checked we have a little thing called jury selection proceedings which would exclude any Libertarian leaning individual. Just another example of the extreme the injustice system will take Accomplice Liability Law!

Daddy

Smart move. No emotions of jurors making a decision about his future freedom; only a judge making decisions based on written law...smart move if his attorney(s) giving him accurate advice on what the law says regarding the details of the allegations against him.

Dean

Sounds like Cam Ferenbach already has decided he should be found guilty before any trial begins.

TRUMP supporter

Sounds like. No fair trial here.

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