Skip to comments.Prosecutors: DC trial can start without defendant
Posted on 07/23/2013 6:15:12 AM PDT by Olog-hai
District of Columbia prosecutors say a German man charged with killing his elderly wife is forfeiting his right to be present for his own trial by engaging in lengthy hunger strikes, and a judge would be authorized to proceed without him.
Albrecht Muth is awaiting trial in the August 2011 strangulation and beating death of his 91-year-old wife Viola Drath, a fellow German expatriate and journalist, inside the couples Georgetown row home. His periodic bouts of starvation, and resulting physical weakness and hospital stays, have delayed court proceedings and exasperated the judge and lawyers on both sides.
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And a court is actually going to perform a trial?
And if proven guilty he'll get what?
BOTH or imaginary filiments to this guy.
You realize that it would be a bad precedent for the law to effectively say that if you are old enough, you can bludgeon and strangle someone to death and get away with it.
What kind of 49 year old man marries a woman in her 90s? She must have been worth something.
Story says he is 49.
God help us
I have nothing to say ... must drink more coffee
He is 49..........
49 now ... 2 yrs ago (date of death) .. he was 47 ... she 89
Strikes me as an extremely bad precedent for trial “in absentia”, which is strictly forbidden by the U.S. constitution. This is a classic case of the camel’s nose under the tent.
The ruling is in absentia is ok because this person is rendering himself unavailable for trial on purpose. How is that different from fleeing to a country without a U.S. extradition treaty? It’s not. Next step? Trial in absentia for those who flee to a country without an extradition treaty.
The court can order medication so it should be able to order involuntary feeding. Strap the dude down and insert feeding tube. This would be a better solution than to gut the constitution.
The judge wanted to five him five years, but he plea bargined it down to life.
You’re absolutely right. These prosecutors want to suspend habeas corpus at their own will.