Wednesday, July 30, 2003
Judge Lee rules man he acquitted can go free pending appeal - in 2 days
As reported here in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, here by the AP, and here in the Washington Post, Judge Gerald Bruce Lee of the E.D. Va. has overruled the government's objections to the release of acquitted kidnapping defendant Paul Lentz while the government appeals the Court's decision to overturn the jury's verdict, but allowed the government an opportunity to seek emergency relief from the Fourth Circuit. Meanwhile, Lentz's counsel are claiming that the jury verdict was based on improper evidence which mysteriously made it into the jury room.