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VOL. 124 | NO. 4 | Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Skinheads: State Says Hearing on Plot Wastes Time

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JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) - Federal prosecutors in West Tennessee say two men charged with threatening President-elect Barack Obama are wasting time with claims they were improperly indicted.

Twenty-year-old Daniel Cowart of Bells, Tenn., and 18-year-old Paul Schlesselman of Helena-West Helena, Ark., are charged with planning a killing spree that would target black people and end with an attack on Obama.

The two contend they were indicted by a federal grand jury with too few white people on it and the charges against them should be thrown out.

In a filing Monday with the federal court in Jackson, prosecutors said Cowart and Schlesselman have no legal grounds for such a claim and holding a hearing on their arguments would be a waste of time.

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