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From: Otis Willie
Subject: FBI shooting revives legal issue, by Gail Gibson
Organization: The American War Library
NNTP-Posting-Date: Wed, 19 Jun 2002 21:36:08 EDT
Date: Thu, 20 Jun 2002 01:36:08 GMT
FBI shooting revives legal issue, by Gail Gibson
(EXCERPT) As prosecutors in Anne Arundel County prepare to ask a grand
jury whether an FBI (news - web sites) agent who mistakenly shot an
unarmed man should be indicted, they face a confusing legal roadmap
stemming from one of the most divisive events in recent FBI history -
the deadly standoff at Ruby Ridge, Idaho.
When the 11-day siege at separatist Randy Weaver's cabin ended in
August 1992, state prosecutors in Idaho took the rare step of bringing
involuntary manslaughter charges against the FBI sharpshooter who shot
and killed Weaver's wife.
What followed was a lengthy legal battle, but ultimately little
clarity, on the question of whether federal agents should stand trial
in state court for actions taken in the line of duty.
A federal appeals court rejected claims that Special Agent Lon T.
Horiuchi was immune from state prosecution because he was acting in
his official capacity when he killed Vicki Weaver. But the ruling was
rendered moot after a new Idaho prosecutor decided last year to throw
out the case.
Full story at Baltimore Sun
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