Alleged White House shooter: Statements coerced

Alleged White House shooter: Statements coerced

Alleged White House shooter: Statements coerced

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by Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on January 17, 2013 at 8:59 AM

Updated Friday, Jan 18 at 7:35 AM

WASHINGTON -- Lawyers for an Idaho Falls man charged with trying to assassinate President Barack Obama by shooting at the White House are trying to get his statements to authorities thrown out.

Lawyers for Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez said in a court document Wednesday the statements were coerced. The attorneys say Ortega-Hernandez was handcuffed to a chair for two hours after his arrest and they've been unable to find a document where he agreed to waive his rights and talk to authorities.

Lawyers said Ortega-Hernandez told FBI and Secret Service agents that his car was stolen at gunpoint and he didn't do the drive-by shooting. He also told them he never reported the car stolen.

No one was injured in the 2011 shooting. Obama was away at the time.

Ortega-Hernandez has pleaded not guilty

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