Feds Or Locals–Who Should Prosecute Cell Phone Bandit?


Here’s another example of federal and local prosecutors in a turf war over who should handle a high-profile case. In the Washington, D.C., area, a suspect in the “cell phone bandit” case of a woman who robbed four banks while chatting on a cell phone was arrested this week. Federal prosecutors in Alexandria, Va., say they want to handle the charges against Candice R. Martinez, 19, but Loudoun County said not so fast, reports the Washington Post.

Loudoun prosecutor James Plowman said he had no intention of dismissing the charges. “We have a pretty good case,” Plowman said. “I don’t know why I would just drop it. Our guys did a lot of work.” He added, “For other agencies to swoop down and take the credit for it doesn’t seem entirely fair.” The prosecutor in Fairfax County, Robert Horan, said, however, that, “If the federal government is going to put them all together, that makes a lot more sense than to spend the time charging all four” in three different counties.

Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/11/16/AR2005111602416.html

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