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Old April 21st, 2011 #141
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Default Alleged neo-Nazi charged with hate crime in Spokane bomb plot.

A federal grand jury in Spokane has added a federal hate crime to the
charges pending against Kevin William Harpham, an alleged white
supremacist suspected of planting a backpack bomb along the city's
Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade route.


Harpham is named in a new four-count indictment issued late Thursday.
It adds two counts, one relating to a violation of the federal Hate
Crimes Act and the other accusing him of attempting to use an explosive
device in connection with the hate crime. Harpham faces up to life in
prison if convicted.


He had earlier pleaded not guilty to charges of attempting to use a
weapon of mass destruction and knowingly possessing an improvised
explosive device.

Federal Public Defender Roger Peven said late Thursday he had not seen
the indictment but was aware the grand jury was considering Harpham's
case this week.

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Old April 22nd, 2011 #142
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Something about this bothered me from the first time I heard about it. A lot of things just don't sound right. The "rat poison" is the real red flag. What the hell is that about?
There's no way anyone building a damn bomb would have put rat poison in it, it's just plain stupid. Like they thought the shrapnel and rat poison would mix after the explosion and enough of it would get into anyone's system to harm them? More than the shrapnel?

And I don't like that line:
"A source familiar with the investigation has said authorities linked Harpham to purchases of bomb components, including a remote car starter and other electronics. The purchases were traced to various stores, and at least one purchase was made with a debit card, the source said."

A source familiar with the investigation my ass, the Feds are not supposed to be leaking info like that... and the weasel words.... they never say he did anything, never say he bought anything... linked to this, traced to that... "a" debit card, not "his" debit card... even the DNA was "linked" to him, they don't say it was actually his.

You guys should click the link that says "comments" too and read them...
 
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We HAVE a thread on this case, use it.

[now merged w existing thread, 4/22/11]

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Old April 24th, 2011 #144
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Something about this bothered me from the first time I heard about it. A lot of things just don't sound right. The "rat poison" is the real red flag. What the hell is that about? Matt
These cases make for the kind of headlines ZOG likes. The rat poison was just a nice touch they figured, fits in with the hate crime motif.



Alleged neo-Nazi charged with hate crime in Spokane bomb plot


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No news, huh?
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Is Crag Cobb enjoying a summer vacation? Has he lost interest in posting anything to VNN forum? Has he re-located to some east European country with no Internet access?
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I strongly suspect that Craig is working at a regular job, saving funds, and regrouping for the next stage of the struggle. Think “PodBlanc Reloaded, Bigger, Better and Whiter than ever!”.

Craig, if you are reading this, and you need something, let me know.
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Neo-Nazi Webmaster May Testify in Trial of Alleged Spokane Bomber

Alex Linder, who operates a leading Internet hate forum called Vanguard News Network, is expected to be subpoenaed by the Justice Department as a prosecution witness in the trial of a man accused of planting a potentially deadly bomb on the route of a Martin Luther King Jr. “unity parade” in Spokane, Wash.

Linder may be subpoenaed to answer questions about email exchanges and 1,139 postings made on the VNN forum by Kevin William Harpham (right), who used the moniker “Joe Snuffy” on the Web site while posting racist comments and seeking bomb-building advice, First Assistant U.S. Attorney Tom Rice said at a pretrial hearing Thursday.

Linder and Harpham both have past ties to the National Alliance, once regarded as the most-dangerous neo-Nazi organization in the United States.

The FBI has recovered digital pictures Harpham took at the January unity parade, including photos of him and close-ups of African American children and a Jewish man wearing a yarmulke who marched in the parade, it was revealed at the hearing. Those individuals, likely identified during the massive FBI terrorism investigation, also could be called as witnesses as part of an expected prosecution effort to put faces on Harpham’s intended hate crime victims.

Hundreds of parade marchers were re-routed after the bomb – made with fishing weights and shrapnel dipped in rat poison – was discovered on the route and successfully disarmed, leaving behind a pile of forensic evidence.

FBI forensic agents later recovered the deleted still and video images on a Panasonic camera they seized during a search of Harpham home near Addy in northeastern Washington following his arrest on March 7, Rice told Senior U.S. District Court Judge Justin Quackenbush.

Agents also seized copies of The Anarchist Cookbook; The Turner Diaries, a race war novel written by National Alliance founder William Pierce; American Terrorist, the biography of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh; a police bomb technician’s handbook entitled “Pipe and Fire Bomb Designs,’’ and another bomb building book called Improvised Munitions Black Book Vol. III, the prosecutor told the judge. The judge ruled that the jury can be told about all the books, except the McVeigh biography.

Following Harpham’s arrest, FBI agents later recovered a second improvised explosive device, powered by potassium nitrate, they believe he made and abandoned in a gravel pit near his home, before building the parade bomb containing black powder, Rice told the court.

The FBI now has DNA evidence linking Harpham to at least one of the bombs.

The details are the first to surface in the 6-month-old investigation marked by sealed court filings and secret, closed-courtroom proceedings. At least one-fifth of the court documents filed in the case, including the initial criminal complaint used to justify Harpham’s arrest, remain under seal and are not accessible to the public.

Even a portion of Thursday’s federal court hearing was closed to the public while the judge heard testimony from two FBI agents who reportedly obtained statements from Harpham before he formally received his Miranda warnings on the day of his arrest.

It wasn’t immediately known if the judge would allow a jury to hear about Harpham’s post-arrest statements at his trial now set for Aug. 22. At the outset of Thursday’s hearing, Assistant Federal Defender Kimberly Deater asked the judge to close the entire proceeding intended for court rulings on what evidence would be excluded from the trial, but Quackenbush said there was no reason to exclude the media and spectators.

To help convince a jury of Harpham’s state of mind and intent when he allegedly built and planted the bomb, prosecutors said they intend to introduce at trial several of the defendant’s personal postings on the VNN web site, Rice told the court. The prosecutor didn’t elaborate in court, but the VNN site administrator would be subpoenaed presumably to verify the authenticity of those postings and emails he exchanged with Harpham.

Those VNN postings are intended to prove Harpham really is the individual behind the “Joe Snuffy” postings, that many are virulently racist, including frequent use of the “n-word,” and a third category where he seeks help with bomb making, Rice said.

Going through a lengthy list of those blog postings, which remained sealed from public view, the judge said he would grant a defense request to suppress from introduction at trial any of Harpham’s anti-Jewish, or anti-Semitic arguments. The judge said he would suppress Harpham’s anti-Semitic remarks posted on the VNN site “because they are more religious than racial views.”

“Any racial animus, any anti-Semitic views (expressed by Harpham) would be much more prejudicial than relevant” during the trial, the judge said, explaining his rulings were intended to ensure a fair trial.

When the judge said there was no evidence that the bomb was placed for any reason other than racial prejudice and was intended for African Americans on the MLK holiday, the prosecutor said Harpham clearly had racist views aimed at others besides black people. The prosecutor, at that point, told the court the FBI had recovered pictures Harpham had taken of a couple of young black children at the parade and a “Jewish gentleman” wearing a yarmulke.

When the judge said it was opinion that the Martin Luther King Day parade – the intended target – largely was about African Americans, the prosecutor responded by telling the court that Harpham also expressed anti-Semitic and antigovernment views, and publicly posted those comments on the VNN site.

The judge said he would allow use of “Joe Snuffy” postings, ranting about gays and abortion and another referring to ZOG – the Zionist Occupied Government — but ordered deletion of others making reference to Christians and Jews, and Doc Marten’s red boot laces (a symbolic favorite of neo-Nazi skinheads), Jewish bankers and the role of a “lone wolf.”

At one point on the VNN forum, Harpham asked for guidance in bomb-building, expressing his personal disappointment that The Turner Diaries, which he had just purchased and read, didn’t offer and ready-made formulas to construct such destructive devices, Rice said.

Statements from prosecutors at Thursday’s day-long hearing painted a picture of a “lone wolf” racist, who belonged to the National Alliance and once flirted with the idea of joining the Aryan Nations.

The 36-year-old unemployed former soldier and electrician is charged with attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, possession of an unregistered destructive device and use of a firearm in relation to a crime of violence. He also is only the third person to be charged by the Justice Department with a federal hate crime for allegedly violating provisions of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hates Crimes Prevention Act signed into law in October 2009.

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.. something to get this thread back on topic.

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Father Will Testify Against MLK Day Bomb Suspect Kevin Harpham



SPOKANE, Wash. -- In a pre-trial hearing in federal court Thursday morning it was disclosed that Cecil Harpham, father of would-be MLK Day bomber Kevin Harpham, would testify against his son.

“It saddens me to think that he might have had a hand in building it,” Harpham said on March 15, adding during that interview that while Kevin might have been involved in building the improvised explosive device, more people must have been involved because the elder Harpham claimed at the time his son with him all day January 17.

Cecil also confirmed in an interview that his son had racist tendencies as well as an interest in building bombs. He subsequently provided testimony, along with Kevin's mother, at a Grand Jury hearing relating to charges a grand jury later handed up that Kevin violated the Federal Hate Crimes Act by using an explosive to commit a hate crime.

( .. mentions National Alliance, Turner Diaries, Erich Gliebe, Pat Mullett, American Terrorist, Anarchist Cookbook )

In the hearing prosecutors are going through a series of postings that Harpham allegedly posted under the monicker "Joe Snuffy" on the anti-Semitic website Vanguard News Network. In those posts, which date back to 2006, numerous comments were made that were both racist in nature as well as referred to his desires to obtain blueprints on how to build an improvised explosive device. One post in 2008 linked Harpham to the Snuffy account when Harpham posted that he couldn't access his account.

Using the Snuffy alias, the Southern Poverty Law Center reports that Harpham posted more than 1,000 times to the VNN site.

If convicted .. Harpham could face life in prison and a $250,000 fine .. He also faces charges of having in his possession an unregistered explosive and hate crime charges under the Federal Hate Crimes Act, including using an explosive to commit a hate crime.
video and more at: Father Will Testify Against MLK Day Bomb Suspect Kevin Harpham

comments below the article imply the feds were pressuring Kevins father to testify against him.
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video and more at: Father Will Testify Against MLK Day Bomb Suspect Kevin Harpham

comments below the article imply the feds were pressuring Kevins father to testify against him.
Since prosecutors are resorting to calling the defendant's own father to the stand, who will testify that the defendant was with him all day on the day the bomb was planted, they have a very weak case, indeed.

Kevin was into legal activisms not illegal ones. Hell, he was a huge supporter of VNN's newspaper project, for just one example. And each and every one of his contributions are recorded in VNN's newspaper threads.
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Old July 28th, 2011 #152
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Default No Jews Allowed: Spokane Bomber's Anti-Semitic Beliefs Are Inadmissable Evidence, Judge Says

Alleged Spokane MLK Day bomber Kevin W. Harpham was affiliated with the neo-Nazi group the National Alliance, which believes, among other things, that "Zionist connections" to the U.S. government are responsible for the 9/11 terrorist attacks. But the jury in Harpham's trial, scheduled to begin in less than a month, will be kept in the dark about the defendant's virulent anti-Semitic views, because the judge in the case ruled yesterday that they are inadmissible evidence.

Harpham, 37, faces six felony charges, including committing a federal hate crime by planting an exploding backpack filled with nails dipped in rat poison along the route of Spokane's Martin Luther King Jr Day parade. Bystanders reported the suspicious-looking bag, and the parade was rerouted before the bomb could be detonated.

​Judge Justin Quackenbush granted a request from Harpham's public defender that "Evidence of Alleged Anti-Semitism" be withheld during the trial. Harpham's attorneys argued that his anti-Semitic beliefs are irrelevant because being Jewish is technically a religion, not a "race" like being white, black, or Asian. Quackenbush agreed, writing that "common ancestry is not required to be Jewish" and that "persons of the Jewish faith are clearly not defined by race."

The judge notes that "there is no question" that the federal hate-crime law covers violence that specifically targets people of Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Christian, and other faiths, but he points out that federal prosecutors failed to cite religion "as a basis for the hate crime" in their indictment. In other words, a legal technicality helped Harpham escape being outed in court as a Jew-hater.

As reported by the Southern Poverty Law Center, Harpham posted messages on the anti-Semitic website for the Vanguard News Network and on another site, discussing his experience watching the 9/11 truther conspiracy film Loose Change.

"I typically don't buy into these conspiracies, then my friends told me to watch this video," Harpham allegedly wrote. "Some of the stuff was speculation, but overall it changed my opinion greatly.''

Court documents reference several other online postings made by Harpham, but offer little in the way of detail. Judge Quackenbush--who also rebuked the FBI for failing to read Harpham his Miranda rights after he was arrested--ruled that some of Harpham's Internet ramblings are admissible as evidence as long as they are partially redacted.

Despite their flub, prosecutors still have a wealth of evidence at their disposal that they can use to convict Harpham. When the FBI searched Harpham's home in rural Stevens County, 50 miles outside of Spokane, they found copies of the books Pipe and Fire Bomb Designs, The Anarchist Cookbook, and The Improvised Munitions Black Book.

Harpham served in the army, and was stationed at Fort Lewis in 1996-97 as part of the 1st Battalion, 37th Field Artillery Regiment.

Here's the full text of Judge Quackenbush's ruling:

http://blogs.seattleweekly.com/daily...ane_bomber.php
 
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Default Law & Courts FBI Rebuked for Not Reading Miranda Rights to Alleged Spokane Bomber Kevin Harpham

​Hours after he was arrested, alleged would-be Spokane bomber Kevin Harpham was still sitting in an interrogation room getting grilled by FBI investigators despite having never been told his Miranda rights or why he'd been arrested.

And with his trial date nearing, a federal judge is none too pleased with the news.

The Spokesman-Review reports that U.S. District Court Judge Justin Quackenbush rebuked investigators for keeping Harpham in the dark.

The FBI, meanwhile explained the possibly illegal move as being done "to gain Harpham's trust."

According to documents released today, U.S. District Court Judge Justin Quackenbush expressed his "concerns as to the several hour delay in advising Kevin Harpham of the reasons for his arrest after taking him into custody and also the failure to give the Defendant Miranda warnings during that several hour period," the record states.

Harpham apparently asked why he'd been arrested, but no one told him. He also had at least one taped conversation with agents without having heard his Miranda rights.

No confession was made during this period.

But one statement in which Harpham asked how long agents had "known" about him is pegged as important, and will soon be haggled over by lawyers and the judge as to why it should or shouldn't be admitted as evidence.

The more damaging implications of the lapse in procedure may happen after, and if, Harpham is convicted.

Just ask convicted murderers Warren Lee Ballard, Antwion Edward Thompson, or Archie J. Dixon about what happens when investigators forget to tell people their Miranda rights.

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This just doesn't make any sense, why is he taking photos of himself at a location he plans to bomb ??
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Photos place Harpham at MLK march

Federal prosecutors for the first time today revealed that domestic terrorism suspect Kevin W. Harpham took pictures of himself at the Martin Luther King Jr. Unity March, where he is charged with leaving a bomb along its route.



Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Rice said in court that Harpham, 37, also photographed young black children gathering for the march and a Jewish man who was wearing a yarmulke.

“Whether rightfully or wrongfully, how the defendant sees the world,” Rice said of Harpham, “he intended to target those individuals.”

http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/siren...ham-mlk-march/
 
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Thanks, VW. Keep us posted.


"Despite their flub, prosecutors still have a wealth of evidence at their disposal that they can use to convict Harpham. When the FBI searched Harpham's home in rural Stevens County, 50 miles outside of Spokane, they found copies of the books Pipe and Fire Bomb Designs, The Anarchist Cookbook, and The Improvised Munitions Black Book." (end quote)

NOTE: They call books a "wealth of evidence" ??

Sounds like a weak, flimsy case to me.
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Default KREM 2 News first to inform Cecil Harpham he must testify against his son

There is a video report at the KREM website.
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SPOKANE -- KREM 2’s Chris Nguyen sat down with suspected MLK backpack bomber, Kevin W. Harpham’s father Thursday evening after new information regarding the case was released.

Cecil Harpham will be called to testify by prosecution, but he says he didn't know that until we told him.

Cecil insists Kevin never meant to hurt anyone and also believes Kevin wasn't the only one involved in the attempted bombing.

Cecil insisted that his son does not know how to be a racist. He believes his son may have just expressed opinions that he didn't necessarily mean.

Cecil, along with other family members, will be called to testify for the prosecution. Cecil stated that he is glad to have the opportunity.

http://www.nwcn.com/home/?fId=125987...&fDomain=10222
 
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Default Photos place Harpham at scene of MLK backpack bomb

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SPOKANE -- Prosecutors presented evidence Thursday in court placing Kevin W. Harpham, 36, near the scene of a bomb along the Martin Luther King Jr. Day march route on January 17.

Federal agents arrested Harpham several weeks later accusing him of making and leaving the bomb on a park bench. His defense lawyers said he was not read his Miranda rights for more than two hours after his arrest.

Prosecutors said Harpham took photos of himself at the march, including photos of young African American children and a Jewish man who was wearing a Yarmulke. Prosecutors also revealed they found a second device, in a gravel pit near his home in Stevens County. They say PVC pipe in that device, matches the PVC pipe in the backpack bomb.

The judge said Harpham's work history is relevant. Harpham has an electrical and construction background.

Prosecutors also submitted 47 pages of postings Harpham made on a racist blog. It was also revealed Harpham had a copy of the Anarchist Cookbook, a book discussing how to make your own improvised explosives. It was also revealed Harpham had a copy of the Turner Diaries which is fictional story about race wars in the United States. Agents also found a book about Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City bombing.

Also in the pre-trial hearing, prosecutors announced Cecil Harpham, Kevin’s father, will testify against his son.

Harpham, 36, faces life imprisonment on charges of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and possession of an unregistered explosive device. He has pleaded not guilty to both.

The media was asked to step out of the courtroom around 12:45 p.m. to allow for a closed hearing.

Judge Justin Quackenbush said in the hearing he intends to have the trial start on August 22.

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SPOKANE -- Prosecutors presented evidence Thursday in court placing Kevin W. Harpham, 36, near the scene of a bomb along the Martin Luther King Jr. Day march route on January 17.

Federal agents arrested Harpham several weeks later accusing him of making and leaving the bomb on a park bench. His defense lawyers said he was not read his Miranda rights for more than two hours after his arrest.

Prosecutors said Harpham took photos of himself at the march, including photos of young African American children and a Jewish man who was wearing a Yarmulke. Prosecutors also revealed they found a second device, in a gravel pit near his home in Stevens County. They say PVC pipe in that device, matches the PVC pipe in the backpack bomb.

The judge said Harpham's work history is relevant. Harpham has an electrical and construction background.

Prosecutors also submitted 47 pages of postings Harpham made on a racist blog. It was also revealed Harpham had a copy of the Anarchist Cookbook, a book discussing how to make your own improvised explosives. It was also revealed Harpham had a copy of the Turner Diaries which is fictional story about race wars in the United States. Agents also found a book about Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City bombing.

Also in the pre-trial hearing, prosecutors announced Cecil Harpham, Kevin’s father, will testify against his son.

Harpham, 36, faces life imprisonment on charges of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and possession of an unregistered explosive device. He has pleaded not guilty to both.

The media was asked to step out of the courtroom around 12:45 p.m. to allow for a closed hearing.

Judge Justin Quackenbush said in the hearing he intends to have the trial start on August 22.

http://www.nwcn.com/home/?fId=125965...&fDomain=10222
From the above, it sure seems a weak case to me. And Kevin's father obviously believes his testimony will help his son.

However, most lemming juries only need to hear the word "white supremacist" to convict. The fewer females, the better for Kevin.
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Default Pliers may help pinch MLK bomb suspect

A federal judge said today that he is leaning toward allowing prosecutors to show that marks made on the wires of the bomb planted on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Spokane came from a set of pliers owned by Kevin W. Harpham.

If he does allow that testimony, it would be the first time in a federal trial.

“To my knowledge, there is no reported case of identification from tool marks from a pair of pliers,” U.S. District Judge Justin Quackenbush said today.

However, Quackenbush said he remains a “doubting Thomas” and warned Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Harrington that he and the 14 jurors who have yet to be selected to hear the case will be sophisticated people. “When the government presents that type of evidence, I wonder how strong their case really is,” he said.

On Friday, attorneys will reconvene to argue motions to suppress statements made by Harpham, as well as evidence seized from his computer and his car following his March 9 arrest on charges that he planted a bomb and targeted minorities at the Jan. 17 Unity March in downtown Spokane.

Federal prosecutors previously indicated in court that Harpham took pictures of himself at the march, and he also photographed young black girls and a Jewish man wearing a yarmulke as they gathered for the march. Two contract workers discovered the backpack and Spokane police rerouted the march just minutes before it began.

Harpham, 37, is scheduled to appear for trial on Aug. 22, and attorneys on Friday will make their final oral arguments about the evidence gathered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

To that end, the judge heard more than three hours of testimony by a forensic examiner from the FBI laboratory in Quantico, Va., about the methods, training and supporting material to suggest that he could definitively say the marks found on the bomb’s wiring came from a specific set of Klein crimper pliers.

Brett Mills took the witness stand and explained how he examined the bomb from Spokane as part of his duties, which also include testing components from the improvised explosive devices coming from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq since 2006.

He said that he and other technicians study imprint and striation marks — such as those made when a crimping tool is used to strip the insulation from a wire — just like they check the identifiable marks made on bullets as they scrape against the rifling inside of gun barrels.

“The pattern matching techniques used, whether a gun … or a pair of pliers is the same in all of our examinations,” he said.

Mills went on to say that the same batch of pliers coming off the assembly line will result in very different markings from each set of pliers. “You are going to have a practical certainty that no other tool out there could have made that mark,” said Mills, who added that to his knowledge he has never made an incorrect match between a tool and the evidence.

Defense attorney Roger Peven questioned why Mills didn’t test any other pliers of the same make and model. He also argued to Quackenbush that he can’t cross-examine someone who is never wrong.

The judge agreed, saying he wondered why Mills didn’t test other pliers of the same model. But, he told the attorneys that it is his “impression” that he will allow the testimony about the similarity between the marks on the wires and the tool.

“I would not allow this witness to testify that it was this pair of crimpers to the exclusion of all others in the world,” Quackenbush said.

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/201...-bomb-suspect/
 
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Harpham trial rescheduled. Was to begin August 22, now reset for September 12.
 
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