Domestic Terrorism

Document: Trump's Tweets Preclude Death Penalty in Saipov Case, Defense Argues

By Mikhaila Fogel
Thursday, September 6, 2018, 2:34 PM

Attorneys for Sayfullo Saipov, who is accused of killing eight people and injuring 12 others in a vehicular terrorist attack in New York City last Halloween, have petitioned the government to preclude the death penalty again their client or appoint an independent prosecutor to decide whether the death penalty should be pursued. Saipov's defense team points to President Trump's comments on Twitter advocating what counsel describes as "nakedly political considerations":

The president has also tweeted in support of Saipov receiving the death penalty:

The defense team argues that the combined impact of these two tweets prevents Attorney General Jeff Sessions from acting with independent discretion in evaluating whether the death penalty is warranted in Saipov's case. The document is posted in full below.

Motion to Preclude Capital Punishment