- The Washington Times - Friday, October 3, 2003

Attorneys for sniper suspect John Allen Muhammad want charges against their client dismissed because key pieces of evidence that were not provided to the defense were leaked to authors of a book on last October’s sniper shootings.

In a motion filed in Prince William County Court yesterday, attorneys Peter D. Greenspun and Jonathan Shapiro list evidentiary material they were not given but which appeared in the book “Sniper: Inside the Hunt for the Killers Who Terrorized the Nation.”

The material in the book, published by The Washington Post Co., includes dates, times and locations of phone calls made by the defendant, names and accounts of witnesses, details of police discussions at several stages of the investigation and details of evidence found at crime scenes.

“This is no mere leak. It is a flood,” the motion states. “The information appears to have been freely handed out to those not entitled to get it, while it was withheld from those who needed it.”

Defense attorneys say that short of case dismissal, the court should prohibit prosecutors from seeking the death penalty or prohibit prosecutors from using the leaked evidence at trial. At the very least, they asked for a grand jury or the appointment of a special master to investigate the leaks.

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