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VOL. 124 | NO. 42 | Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Suppression Hearing Set in Alleged Obama Plot

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JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) - A federal judge is set to hear arguments next week that law enforcement agents improperly questioned and searched one of two young men charged with plotting to kill President Barack Obama and dozens of other black people.

Charged in the case are 18-year-old Paul Schlesselman of Helena-West Helena, Ark., and 20-year-old Daniel Cowart of Bells, Tenn. They have been jailed since late October, accused of plotting a crime spree that would wrap up with an attack on Obama, then the Democratic candidate for president.

Judge J. Daniel Breen has set a hearing March 13 on complaints from Schlesselman that he was arrested on hearsay evidence from an unreliable informant and that statements he made to authorities should be dismissed. He also contends authorities failed to get search warrants before seizing his belongings, which included a shotgun and a computer.

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