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    Suspect allowed to view child porn in Wash. jail

    The materials normally would be contraband, but in this case its evidence




    The Associated Press

    TACOMA, Wash. — A legal loophole is allowing a Washington state man accused of child sex crimes to view child pornography in jail.

    Weldon Marc Gilbert is acting as his own lawyer in the case, and that means he's entitled to review the evidence.

    The evidence in the case includes more than 100 videos seized from Gilbert's Lake Tapps home after his 2007 arrest. Authorities say some of the footage was shot by Gilbert.

    "Make no mistake — I don't like it," Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor told KOMO-TV. "But it is not my choice whether to do it or not to do it. There's no question that I don't like it. There's no question that this makes me grind my teeth."

    The materials normally would be contraband at the Pierce County Jail, but restricting Gilbert's access to the videos could result in a mistrial, the station reported Wednesday.

    "We don't want to do it, but we have to follow the law," Pierce County prosecutor Mark Lindquist said. "The fix here is to change the law."

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    What the hell? how is this man "allowed" to watch any kind of porn, nevermind child porn, in prison? man our department of corrections is totally fucked.
     
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    The alternative would be to let the State decide if, when, and to what extent someone accused of a crime can access the evidence to be brought against them at trial. That would be a lot worse, imo.
     
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    I guess it will be ok, if it is what he really believes, maybe it is a religious view.........sacrcasm off
     
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    He's sitting in cell watching child porn for his "defense" in a trial, what a fucking joke, so if I'm defending myself from a cocaine trafficing charge I get to keep the cocaine in my cell because its evidence right?
     
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    "...access the evidence..."

    So, how about providing the parts of the body of the child that Levi Aron slaughtered, you know....so he could better prepare his defense....
     
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    Those aren't going to be introduced into evidence.
     
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    It's got nothing to do with the law. It's a slick move by a pervert who is representing himself in court. Sh-t happens. Visualize serial killer Ted Bundy cross-examining Police Officers on the witness stand. It happened and Bundy ended up on the hot seat after all.
     
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    An ass and it's time for decency and common sense to rise up and take control of this country.
     
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    No, he's in a room with an investigator. You wouldn't be able to take the drugs to your cell, but if you needed to access the drugs for some reason relating to your defense (e.g. to test them or something) then yeah, you'd be able to do that.

    I think the police are right. Better to let him review the tapes and then get a life conviction than to say no and have him claim later that the State prevented him from defending himself at trial.
     

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