Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Less than an hour after a federal jury found Ed and Elaine Brown guilty of conspiracy, weapons possession and obstruction of justice, a man claiming to be a security contractor involved in their case called Ed Brown’s lawyer and said he had information that could help the defense, court documents say.
That man, who told Michael Iacapino that his name was David Quinn and that he worked for a company called the Forseti Group, said his company’s employees had helped arrest the Browns – and that details about their capture offered at trial were not accurate.
Prosecutors in the case say investigators never hired Quinn or the Forseti Group, but the Browns’ lawyers have relied on Quinn’s phone call to ask the judge for an investigation of the potential new evidence and have called for a new trial if it is legitimate.
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“The information provided by Quinn is material and relevant and could have been used at trial,” Iacapino wrote in his motion.
Earlier this month, the Browns were found guilty of a combined 11 felonies for their conduct during a nearly nine month standoff with federal officials at their castle-like home in Plainfield. Testimony at trial described stashes of homemade bombs and sniper rifles in the house, where the Browns had publicly vowed that any confrontation with law enforcement would result in violence. They face mandatory minimum sentences of 30 years in prison.
This article was posted: Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at 9:41 am