Government officials are impairing any future great efforts to tush an unbiased jury in the incidents of slain Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts, the lawyer for alleged executioner Cristhian Rivera said in court documents.
Defense attorney Allan Richards entered a request for a restraint require on Wednesday barring the government from referring to Rivera as “anything but[ a] substantiated resident.” Richards pointed to comments by President Donald Trump, who has use the young woman’s death to move his immigration agenda.
“Sad and sorry Trump has weighed in on this issue in national media which will poison the part possible pool of jury members, ” Richards wrote in a Wednesday filing in Poweshiek County, Iowa, court.
The lawyer was referring to comments made this week by Trump and other government officials.
“You heard about today with the illegal immigrant “re coming back” very sadly from Mexico and you encountered what happened to that improbably beautiful young lady, ” the president told the crowd at a Tuesday night rally in Charleston, West Virginia. “Should have never happened. Illegally in our home countries. We’ve had a huge affect, but its domestic legislation are so bad, the immigration laws are such a disgrace. We’re going it changed but we have to get more Republicans.”
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders reiterated Trump’s observations during a Wednesday press briefing.
“Sadly, the individual believed to be responsible for the murder is an illegal immigrant, making this an deplorable reminder of the reasons why we need to strengthen our ruined immigration laws, ” Sanders said.
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds( R) shared same sentiments in a statement: “We are angry that a separated immigration arrangement gave a piranha like this to live in local communities, and the authorities concerned will do everything we can[ to] bring justice to Mollie’s killer.”
Tibbetts, a 20 -year-old majoring in psychology at the University of Iowa, was found dead Tuesday. Her form was secreted under cornstalks in a Poweshiek County cornfield, police said. The young woman had been missing since July 18, when “shes gone” jogging in Brooklyn, a rural town located about 70 miles northeast of Des Moines.
Authorities said they retrieved Tibbetts’ body after interviewing Rivera, who admitted to abducting Tibbetts, according to the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.