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Alabama State Budget Hardships is Justice Delayed for Amy Bishop. Could she go free?

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, March 12, 2012

The GOP dominated state government has no clue about how to run the state.

Madison County deputies escort accused UAH shooter Amy Bishop to a courtroom for her plea hearing on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011. (The Huntsville Times/Glenn Baeske)

The results are horrific.

Here’s one example.

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – The high-profile murder case against accused UAH shooter Amy Bishop has been delayed.

Circuit Judge Alan Mann approved a defense request Friday to push back the start date for Bishop’s trial.

The case had been set to begin March 19 and no new date was immediately set.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Bishop, who is charged with killing three University of Alabama in Huntsville biology faculty colleagues on Feb. 12, 2010. She also faces attempted murder charges for wounding three others in a shooting spree during an on-campus faculty meeting.

The request followed an appeals court decision last week rejecting Bishop’s appeal for expert witnesses to be paid for services connected to the case. Mann had ordered payments on three separate occasions, but the state comptroller’s office declined to make the payments, saying Alabama law did not authorize so-called “interim” payments be made to expert witnesses.

The request by Bishop’s court-appointed attorneys said they expect to appeal that decision to the Alabama Supreme Court.

The filing also said the appeals court decision, and the timing of that decision, “significantly impacts the defendant’s ability to adequately prepare the case for trial.”

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This article appears here: http://blog.al.com/breaking/2012/03/amy_bishop_capital_murder_tria.html

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