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|No News is Bad News for Sheley
|FIRST REPORTED 5:30pm 8/30/11 The judge hearing the local murder case against accused spree killer Nicholas Sheley has denied a last-minute motion that essentially would have helped Sheley keep up with the case.
Defense attorney Jeremy Karlin was clearly fuming Tuesday afternoon as he explained a motion he filed that day that would have allowed him to review a copy of Sunday's Galesburg Register-Mail with his client.
The paper Sunday had a detailed timeline and feature story regarding the case and the events surrounding the death of 65-year old Ronald Randall of Galesburg, along with seven others in Whiteside County and in Missouri in late-June of 2008.
Knox County Sheriffs Deputy Stuart Inman testified during the hearing that he is just following Sheriffs Department policy banning newspapers and magazines from the jail and from those in custody at the Knox County Courthouse.
He says the policy has been in effect for several years.
Karlin says it violates his right to properly discuss the case with his client, and claims the rule is "arbitrary."
Assistant Illinois Attorney General Mike Atterberry argued that for one, the state would not be taking a side in the case, and for another, the court has not heard from Knox County Sheriff David Clague on the matter.
Judge Stewart agreed and said he only controls what goes on inside the courtroom, not what goes on outside it.
Six of seven jurors interviewed Tuesday were dismissed. More interviews will be conducted Wednesday.
WGIL's Will Stevenson is the only Galeburg reporter who has followed this case from the very beginning. He'll have frequent updates on WGIL, WGIL.com, and on twitter.com/WGILNews
|08 30 11 by Newsroom
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