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Deedy seeks court change for murder trial

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 10:23 p.m. HST, Jul 17, 2013

The murder trial of a federal agent charged in a Waikiki McDonald's shooting death has started jury selection. But there's still uncertainty about where the case could end up.

Christopher Deedy's attorneys are appealing to have the case moved to federal court. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments on it in June.

Deedy is accused of killing a Hawaii man in November 2011 while in town for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.

A U.S. District Court judge in August denied his motion to have the case moved to federal court.

Prosecutors argue the appeal is moot because things are moving forward in state court and because Deedy withdrew a motion to dismiss the case because he was acting as a federal law enforcement officer.

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whs1966 wrote:
This motion was predictable.
on April 18,2013 | 12:35PM
MalamaKaAina wrote:
Plea deal and probation or removal to fed court and dismissal.
on April 19,2013 | 02:03AM
pcman wrote:
IRT Malama, This is a murder case, no doubt in my mind. Was Deedy's job to confront locals before the President got here? Does the State Department support his position? Is the State Department responsible for telling Deedy to carry a weapon during off duty time before the President got here? This is a local case. It is of a federal agent gone awry. If not, can military personnel carry weapons off base and shoot threats to themselves in addition to defending the country? Minimum 20 years for 2nd degree murder. Plus open game to sue the State Dept for liability of letting their people carry weapons in the US on off duty time.
on April 19,2013 | 07:27AM
allie wrote:
It may be difficult to find a jury that has not heard about this case. Best to move it to Iowa.
on April 18,2013 | 01:04PM
Mythman wrote:
There is, not, sadly, a dime's worth of difference between a local state court judge and a local federal court judge: they are both drawn from the same local pool of talent and share the same ingrained biases formed by their local racial groups and this is why a federal judge who would otherwise be expected to enforce federal law instead makes the same kind of ruling one would expect from a state court judge, whose job it is in part to uphold those same biases his group encoded into local laws.......equal protection is at risk.
on April 18,2013 | 01:33PM
allie wrote:
yikes...too pessimistic
on April 18,2013 | 02:29PM
false wrote:
Move it to DC. Chances are the jury pool is mostly government workers who will probably let him off.
on April 18,2013 | 06:16PM
bender wrote:
And that's the strongest argument for not moving the trial do DC.
on April 19,2013 | 05:38AM
false wrote:
That's the strongest argument not to move it anywhere. History is about to repeat itself. Irony of it all. If it had been a fist fight, who would have won? If the "bruddah" killed the agent, then the trial would be on for the local. Then what would be the outcome. Same justice for different outcome, different "winner."
on April 19,2013 | 05:55AM
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