NEW YORK —
The person accused of sending pipe bombs to distinguished critics of President Donald Trump is anticipated to make his first court docket look Tuesday in New York, the place prosecutors mentioned they’ll ask for him to be held with out bail as a result of he’s thought of harmful.
Cesar Sayoc was being transferred from federal custody in Florida. His attorneys had mentioned final week in Miami that it will be higher if his attorneys in New York might take the case as quickly as doable.
Sayoc has been accused of sending improvised explosive units to quite a few Democrats, Trump critics and media shops in a scare that heightened tensions earlier than the essential midterm elections, taking place the identical day as his court docket look.
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He was arrested per week in the past exterior a South Florida auto components retailer in a van during which he had been dwelling, a car coated with stickers of Trump and displaying pictures of a number of the president’s opponents with crimson crosshairs over their faces.
Sayoc faces practically 50 years in jail if convicted on 5 federal prices that had been filed in New York as a result of a number of the units had been recovered there.
His attorneys determined to not search launch on bail after prosecutors launched a letter outlining extra proof towards him, together with DNA linking him to 10 of the explosive units and fingerprints on two of them.
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Different proof consists of on-line searches Sayoc did on his laptop computer and cellphone for addresses and photographs of a few of his supposed targets, which included former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Vice President Joe Biden, California Sen. Kamala Harris and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker. Packages had been additionally mailed to CNN in New York and Atlanta.
Prosecutors say the newest crude bomb was recovered Friday in California, addressed to the liberal activist Tom Steyer.
Not one of the units exploded, and nobody was injured within the pipe bomb scare.
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