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FBI Loses Out on Chance to Question Accused LAX Gunman
"(Reuters) - FBI aOn Monday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles Eick granted a public defender's office request seeking appointment as legal counsel for Ciancia on a provisional basis, over the objections of the U.S. Attorney's Office."
"Federal prosecutors argued in a court brief that the "practical effect of appointing counsel at this time ... would be to prevent the government from questioning Ciancia, as he would then be a represented party."gents investigating last week's deadly Los Angeles airport shooting have lost their chance to question the accused gunman, if and when he regains consciousness, now that a public defender has been appointed to represent the suspect, court documents show."
"A day after the shooting, Ciancia was formally charged with murdering a federal officer and committing an act of violence at an international airport. But his medical condition has so far prevented him from making an initial court appearance, or from being interviewed since being taken into custody."
"With the public defender's office now assigned to Ciancia, "they'll be sitting by his side as soon as he starts blinking his eyes, telling him 'Don't say a word, keep your mouth shut,'" said Steve Cron, a private criminal defense lawyer who also teaches at Pepperdine University law school."
"Moreover, the seeming abundance of eyewitnesses to the shooting makes it less crucial than it might otherwise be for prosecutors to try to obtain a confession from the suspect."
If he survives it sounds like they plan on convicting him based on eyewitness accounts alone. And there have been widely different descriptions of the gunman or gunmen.
What's the latest news on this production?
Something strange going on. This is the first time one of these mass shooters has been handed over to the custody of the feds:
Ciancia was released Monday(11-18-13) from Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center into the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.
The sources said Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, was released from Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center on Monday and taken to the federal facility. He has not been scheduled for a court date.