DJ accused of mailing pipe bombs 'left a trail of DNA clues'

29 October, 2018, 18:43 | Author: Emmett Rice
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The family lawyer for accused mail bomber Cesar Sayoc said he plans to raise questions about whether Sayoc is mentally sound enough to understand the charges against him at his first court hearing Monday. Since a pipe bomb turned up at CNN's NY office in the Time Warner Center on Wednesday, all mail to the network has been screened offsite, he said.

Sayoc is expected to stand trial on five federal crimes: interstate transportation of an explosive, illegal mailing of explosives, threats against former Presidents and other persons, threatening interstate communications and assaulting current and former federal officers.

Additional packages followed, delivered the next day for Clinton and Obama and after that to the cable network CNN, former Attorney General Eric Holder, former Vice President Joe Biden and other Democratic targets of conservative ire.

Sayoc's estranged family pleaded with him Sunday to accept mental health care and hire a proficient lawyer to represent him in the case, according to a New York Times report.

Sayoc will eventually be prosecuted in Manhattan and could be sentenced to a maximum of almost 50 years in prison if convicted.

The latest package was intercepted at an Atlanta post office, CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker said in a post on Twitter. On Facebook, Sayoc published photos of a Trump rally he attended during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Over the weekend, Moore revealed a connection between the two: Cesar Sayoc, the man arrested by authorities last Friday in connection to the mail bombs, was actually filmed by Moore and his team at a Trump rally while they were working on Fahrenheit 11/9.

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The 13 bombs were sent through the mail, many of them through a US Postal Service processing center in Florida, and Sayoc was tracked down based on fingerprint and possible DNA evidence, agents said.

Sayoc was arrested around 11 am Friday outside an AutoZone auto fix shop in Plantation, Florida, about 20 miles from Aventura, officials said.

Investigators scouring his social media accounts had found the same spelling mistakes on his online posts - "Hilary" Clinton, Debbie Wasserman "Shultz" - as on the parcels has been charged with sending.

Sayoc targeted individuals who'd been bashed by the president, the packages and his van plastered with pro-Trump, anti-left and anti-media messages all indicating he was politically motivated. The president said the "terrorist actions" should be punished "to the fullest extent of the law", and added that "political violence must never, ever be allowed in America".

FBI Director Christopher Wray said that the investigation is ongoing but that the explosives, which didn't detonate, aren't being treated as "hoax" devices.

A 14th package was found on Friday at a post office outside San Francisco addressed to another wealthy contributor to the Democratic Party and liberal causes, Tom Steyer.

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