March 7, 2011
The scheduled first day of the Edgar J. Steele trial is reported on March 7, 2011 by Jamie Kelso. In what appears to be good news for patriots, Judge Winmill granted defense attorneys McAllister and Amendola the 45-day delay in the trial that they had been seeking. The trial is now scheduled for late April, and the location has been moved to Boise, Idaho. This change of venue was affected by the judge’s concern that the Coeur d’Alene court schedule was too crowded and that local pre-trial publicity might improperly influence jurors. 100 potential jurors and alternates were on hand for the selection process, which did not begin today as it had been scheduled, because of the postponement and the move. There was more good news, as defense attorney Robert McAllister revealed that the defense now has an expert witness who will prove that prosecutor Traci Whelan’s three tape recordings purporting to implicate Steele in a murder-for-hire plot against his own wife and her mother have been tampered with. In other words…faked! As reported by patriots in the courtroom, this development rocked Assistant U.S. Attorney Traci Whelan back on her heels.
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