Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Judge refuses to dismiss any of the 5 charges against indicted FBI agent

Slow-motion video of gunshot FBI allegedly lied about in LaVoy Finicum confrontation

A federal judge on Monday declined to dismiss any of the five charges against indicted FBI Agent W. Joseph Astarita, who is accused of lying about firing two shots at Oregon standoff spokesman Robert "LaVoy" Finicum's truck in early 2016.

U.S. District Judge Robert E. Jones said no evidence at this point justifies dismissal of any of the counts. He called the defense motion to throw out four of the five counts premature.

Astarita's lawyers had argued that the three counts of making a false statement and two counts of obstruction of justice are needlessly repetitive and will prejudice Astarita and confuse a jury. Astarita has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

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