Show Us Some Leg
Late yesterday afternoon we learned that attorneys for Dylan Ward filed a motion for a Bill of Particulars with Judge Frederick Weisberg. Defense team David Schertler and Robert Spagnoletti are asking for more information and details on the individual acts that make up the many charges. They want to see the “who, what, when, where and how” of the government’s allegations.
With a Bill of Particulars Ward won’t have to “defend against moving targets,” according to Spagnoletti, and without it he won’t be able to prepare an adequate defense. Whether Assistant US Attorney Glenn Kirschner fights the motion is uncertain.
The doc is a quick 10 page read that provides a stripped down timeline of the night with an almost antiseptic mention of the murder. After decrying the lack of evidence and motive, it goes on to ding the MPD for talking a big game in the press in the weeks and months following the murder. No kidding. Legal stuff follows then on page 8, a mention of the prison time hanging over Ward’s head specifically, thirty-eight years.
Is this a formality defense teams always ask for? A typical dilatory tactic or a problem for the prosecution?
And of course, Legal Times’ Mike Scarcella has the details.
-posted by Craig