Federal judge orders evidence sealed in the case of alleged Tree of Life shooter Robert Bowers

By Steve Pope | November 5, 2018

The federal court judge in charge of the case against the man accused in the Tree of Life synagogue attack granted a prosecution request on Monday and has ordered all evidence in the case to be sealed.

Attorneys for accused gunman Robert Bowers did not file any objections by noon Monday, the deadline set by U.S. District Judge Donetta W. Ambrose in a previous order.

According to her three-page order, Judge Ambrose ruled that evidence disclosed to Bowers and his attorneys cannot be made public and any evidence disclosed in court hearings will be redacted.

In their motion filed Friday, prosecutors say that only defense attorneys and Bowers should be permitted access to discovery materials because releasing information contained in some of the documents could lead to “unwanted contact with, and harassment yof, victims and/or their surviving family members.”

Judge Ambrose has given attorneys for Bowers until Dec. 18 to file pretrial motions.

Bowers is being held in the Butler County Prison.

Steve Pope can be contacted at steve.pope@grantstreetnews.com

 

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