Kaczynski's lawyers ask ban on high-tech equipment in court
August 22, 1997
Web posted at: 10:00 p.m. EDT (0200 GMT)
SACRAMENTO, California (CNN) -- Lawyers for Theodore Kaczynski asked Friday that computers and other hi-tech equipment be banned from the courtroom when his Unabomber trial starts on November 12.
Kaczynski awaits trial in Sacramento on a 10-count indictment involving four California mail bombings, including two fatal attacks in Sacramento. He was also indicted in New Jersey, charged with a fatal bombing there.
"The defense is very concerned about turning this into a Simpsonesque trial, into a circus, into a media show," said defense lawyer Judy Clark, in arguing for the ban.
U.S. District Judge Garland Burrell did not immediately rule on the defense motion, but he did confirm that the trial would begin November 12. He also announced that jurors will not be sequestered during the trial.
Kaczynski was arrested April 3, 1996, at his cabin near Lincoln, Montana, and charged with a series of bombings over the previous 18 years.