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Jihaad Jane and Jamie waive right to speedy trial

The two women arrested for allegedly plotting to carry out a plot to kill Swedish artist Lars Vilks appeared in court and voluntarily waived their rights to a speedy trial. The woman Colleen LaRose and Jamie Paulin-Ramirez (dubbed “Jihaad Jane” and “Jihaad Jamie” by the media) have pleaded not guilty. Their trail could start as early as November.

U.S. District Judge Petrese Tucker granted a government motion to declare the case “complex” and delayed trial for both Colleen LaRose and Jamie Paulin-Ramirez to an unspecified date.

Both women, who largely avoided looking at each other, voluntarily agreed to waive their rights to a speedy trial. Defendants are entitled to a trial within 70 days of their initial appearance in court.

Prosecutors filed court papers last month asking a judge to declare the case complex because of the volume of electronic evidence seized, including a dozen computer hard drives. The feds said that defense attorneys would need more time to review the evidence.

Community Comments

#1 Ted Rall
May/9/2010
@ 9:11 am

Some context, please.

Why would the defendants agree to stew in prison longer than necessary?

#2 Mike Peterson
May/9/2010
@ 2:08 pm

Because their defense needed more time to review the evidence?

Just a guess.

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